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Hurricane Harvey expected to wreak havoc in Texas and Mexico

Hurricane Harvey expected to wreak havoc in Texas and Mexico
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Texas in United States is expected to experience catastrophic floods due to  heavy rains and storm accompanied by Hurricane, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has announced. On Thursday night storm was located 490 KM southeast of corpus Christi moving towards nort-northwest at 17 KM/hr based on latest NHC advisory.

Harvey, now a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h, is forecast to make landfall on the middle Texas coast late Friday or early Saturday as a major hurricane (Category 3, 4 or 5). The advisory expanded the hurricane warning area, which now extends from Port Mansfield northeastward to Sargent, an area that is home to more than 1.4 million people.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for a larger area populated by roughly 12 million people that includes Houston, the fourth-largest city in the US. Heavy rains could also affect other parts of southern, central and eastern Texas and neighbouring Louisiana. “Rainfall from Harvey may cause devastating and life-threatening flooding,” the NHC said. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has already declared a state of emergency for 30 counties that lie in the storm’s path.

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