TEXAS (ABC NEWS) – A major weather threat is barreling towards the Gulf Coast. South Texas is bracing for Harvey, which is now a tropical storm that could develop into a weak hurricane by the time it makes landfall.
South Texas is bracing for a beating. The coastline is in the sights of Tropical Storm Harvey, expected to make landfall this weekend.
Forecasters say Harvey could develop into a weak hurricane by the time it slams the south. Bringing with it a four-to-six foot storm surge along the coast.
But even more worrisome, Harvey is expected to unload up to 20 inches of rain. Not just a burst of showers and flash flooding, but a long duration event, possibly up to 72 hours of heavy rain and high tides.
People who live in low lying areas are urged to get to higher grounds. Evacuations begin today, but many people started stocking up last night.
Water, food and batteries now in short supply in many stores and along the coastline, people are stockpiling sandbags getting ready for that storm surge.
The governor in Texas has already declared a state of emergency in 30 counties ahead of the storm making landfall.