National Hurricane Center: Harvey Upgraded From Tropical Storm To Hurricane, Takes Aim For Texas

By  //  August 24, 2017

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Houston forecasted to receive 5 to 15 inches of rain

ABOVE VIDEO: Harvey upgraded from tropical storm to hurricane.

(CBS NEWS) – The National Hurricane Center says Harvey is now a hurricane. The storm gained power Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico and is moving toward the Texas coast.

As of 1 p.m. EDT, the storm’s maximum sustained winds had increased to 80 mph.

“Harvey [is] quickly strengthening and forecast to be a major hurricane when it approaches the middle Texas coast,” the hurricane center warned.

The latest forecast shows Harvey making landfall late Friday or early Saturday.

CBS affiliate KHOU-TV reports Houston is forecast to receive 5 to 15 inches of rain, and KHOU Meteorologist Chita Craft warns some isolated parts of Houston could receive 20 inches of rain. The National Weather Service said rainfall from Harvey could cause life-threatening flooding.

The storm could be the largest to hit Texas since Hurricane Ike in 2008.

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