Hurricane Harvey may be 'life-threatening'

Harvey becomes Category 3 as it approaches Texas, officials urge residents to evacuate.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,


Residents of Texas' low-lying areas were warned to evacuate after Hurricane Harvey turned into a Category 3 storm.

Harvey is expected to hit Texas on Friday night or Saturday morning, and may become the US mainland's worst storm since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. The wind speed is currently 85mph (140km/h), and has a maximum sustained wind speed of 100mph (161km/h).

Forecasters warned that some areas may receive up to 35 inches of rain, and others will receive over a foot.

According to the national Hurricane Center, one of the main issues facing Houston and its environs is the risk of flooding from torrential rains and storm surges.

Corpus Christi is a coastal town in Texas whose mayor, Joe McComb, warned residents to evacuate.

"I hope people will listen to forecasters when they say 'beware of flash floods," he said. "Flash floods can come quickly, and they can be deadly."

"Harvey is likely to bring multiple hazards, including heavy rainfall, storm surge and possible hurricane conditions to portions of the Texas coast beginning Friday," the National Weather Service said.

Rainfall is heaviest when the storm moves slowly, and the National Hurricane Center warned that there may be days of heavy rains and flooding along the Texan coast. Louisiana and Mexico, they warned, may also be affected.