“God Bless Texas, may you weather the storm as you always have!”
The National Hurricane Center has called Harvey’s sudden strengthening “astounding.”
Harvey is expected to make landfall late Friday near Corpus Christi, striking as a Category 3 hurricane with wind speeds surpassing 111 miles per hour.
Separate footage from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration includes striking views from one of its WP-3D Orion “hurricane hunter” aircraft as it flies through the storm’s eye.
A time-lapse video, recorded moments prior, shows the plane being jostled and pelted with rain before emerging in the storm’s relatively calm epicenter.
Harvey emerged as full-fledged hurricane only Thursday afternoon and already is predicted to be the most powerful storm to hit the United States since Hurricane Wilma battered south Florida 12 years ago.
A big concern, meteorologists say, is the likelihood this storm will stall for four or possibly six days.
Corpus Christi has many low-lying areas and a barrier island. It’s located in Nueces County, which is home to about 360,000 residents.
The surprise hurricane is poised to be the first major test of disaster response for the Trump administration, whose appointee to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency — William B. “Brock” Long — was confirmed in June.
Joel Achenbach, Steven Mufson and Jason Samenow contributed to this report, which has been updated.
Thia NOAA-NASA GOES Project satellite image taken at 1737 UTC on August 24, 2017 shows storm activity off the south east coast of the US.
A major storm, Harvey, was upgraded to hurricane status on August 24, 2017, as it targeted hundreds of miles of coastline in Texas and Louisiana. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned of a potential for "life threatening" floods from the storm, which was due to make landfall sometime on August 25, 2017.The NHC said the category one hurricane could hit land as a much more powerful category three, with winds of 130 miles (209 kilometers) per hour.
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South Texas prepares for expected landfall of Hurricane Harvey