CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas residents are bracing for a walloping hit from Hurricane Harvey as it sets to pummel the Lone Star State.
The National Hurricane Center's latest advisory as of 10 a.m. Friday places the storm about 115 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, moving 10 mph to the northwest. Sustained winds have been holding at 110 mph.
Forecasters have said it will intensify and make landfall Friday evening or early Saturday as a likely Category 3 storm, meaning sustained winds topping 115 mph.
Once the storm makes landfall, gradual weakening is forecast but because so much of the storm remains over the warm Gulf of Mexico, which fuels Harvey, the hurricane center says the weakening could be slower than normal.
That also means the storm is likely to be a huge rainmaker. Predictions for a wide area of Texas from the coast and inland for rainfall measuring up to nearly 3 feet as the storm stalls and meanders well into next week.