Hurricane Harvey Moving Towards Texas In Gulf

Texas residents prepare for Hurricane Harvey as it approaches from the Gulf of Mexico.
Texas residents prepare for Hurricane Harvey as it approaches from the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: NOAA)

SEBASTIAN – While Sebastian won’t see Hurricane Harvey, the storm is located over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico and moving towards Texas.

Hurricane Harvey is about 335 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, and 325 miles southeast of Port O’Connor, Texas.

“We’re boarding up and leaving,” Corpus Christi resident Sam Jenkins said. “These storms hit the coast pretty hard from the Gulf, and we plan to evacuate.”

A Storm Surge Warning has been extended northeast of San Luis Pass to High Island Texas.

According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, a hurricane warning is in effect for south of Port Mansfield to High Island, Texas.

Harvey is moving toward the northwest at about 10 mph. A turn toward the northwest is expected later tonight.

The storm will approach the middle Texas coast on Friday and will make landfall by late Friday night.

The storm is expected to produce 12 to 20 inches of rain in areas of landfall through Wednesday.

Several residents in Sebastian have family along the coast of Texas, and they’re quite worried.

“This hurricane is building fast in warm water and our friends need our prayers,” Jill Donaldson said. “They don’t need this storm.”

Hurricane Harvey currently has maximum sustained winds near 85 mph with higher gusts.

Harvey is expected to become a major hurricane by Friday as it reaches the Texas coast.

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Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.