Hurricane Harvey, the Third Hurricane of Atlantic Season an Extreme Flood, Storm Surge, High Wind Threat For Texas Coast

Hurricane Harvey, the Third Hurricane of Atlantic Season an Extreme Flood, Storm Surge, High Wind Threat For Texas Coast

Dallas Texas (August 24, 2017)

Harvey has rapidly intensified into the third hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and may become the nation's first Category 3 landfall in almost 12 years, poised to hammer the Texas Gulf Coast with an extremely dangerous combination of torrential rainfall, storm-surge flooding and destructive winds this weekend, before taking a strange, meandering path next week.

Hurricane Harvey developed a roughly 20 to 25-mile wide eye, as seen in microwave satellite imagery, prompting the upgrade to hurricane status by the National Hurricane Center around midday Friday.

The NHC says the center of Harvey is located about 340 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and is moving northwest at 10 mph. Maximum sustained winds have now increased to 80 mph.