125 mph winds expected as Hurricane Harvey nears landfall
The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Harvey is now Hurricane Harvey and is forecasting it will become a major hurricane to hit the middle Texas coastline.
Sustained winds have reached 80 mph. A major hurricane means winds greater than 110 mph.
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Forecasters said a "life-threatening" storm surge along with rains and wind were likely as Harvey was intensifying faster than previously forecast.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Rockport, Port Lavaca, Port Aransas and Aransas Pass, along Gulf Coast. Several other coastal communities are also affected.
Landfall was expected late Friday between Port O'Connor and Matagorda Bay, a 30-mile (48-kilometer) stretch of coastline about 70 miles northeast of Corpus Christi.
The hurricane center says it's possible the storm then could just stall inland for as many as three days, exasperating the threat of severe flooding.
The last major hurricane to hit Texas was Ike, in September 2008. It brought winds of 110 mph in the Galveston and Houston areas and left damages of $22 billion.