Texas Bracing for First Hurricane Since 2008

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Americans learned an enormous amount about the way in which the gulf coast handles the threat of hurricanes.

Namely the fact that the Gulf Coast doesn’t do all that well when it comes to hurricanes.

Now, for the first time in nearly a decade, the coast of Txas is braving for a massive storm, triggering a a number of concerns similar to those that we faced years ago.

“As Tropical Storm Harvey strengthened in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning for a 280-mile stretch of the Texas coast Thursday and forecast up to 25 inches of rain over the next week.

“The warning covers an area from Port Mansfield in the central coastal area to Matagorda at the tip near the Mexican border.

“The forecast track shows Harvey approaching the southern Texas coast on Friday.

“As of 5 a.m. EDT, the storm was centered about 370 miles southeast of Port Mansfield and was moving north near 10 mph.

“The storm’s maximum sustained winds had increased to near 45 mph (70 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center said additional strengthening was expected and Harvey could become a hurricane by Friday, when it’s expected to approach the southern Texas coast.

“A hurricane watch was in effect for Texas from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass. A storm surge watch was in effect from Port Mansfield to High Island.”

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Given the storm’s area of impact happening to be in a low-lying portion of the Gulf coast, it is advisable for anyone in the storm’s path to seek shelter.

As always, we encourage any Americans in the path of this powerful storm to seek appropriate shelter and safety during this event.,

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