Citizens are currently preparing for one of the worst hurricanes to hit the Texas coastline in decades, as Hurricane Harvey has intensified over the past 24 hours on its path toward Corpus Christi.
The hurricane, which was thought to originally be a Category 1 storm, is now being classified as a Category 3 storm. This poses massive risks for the citizens of Texas, and in response, Governor Greg Abbott has deployed over 700 troops.
Click2Houston reports that “…more than 700 members of the Texas Army and Air National Guards, Texas State Guard, and the Texas Military Department have been activated and are positioning themselves throughout the state ahead of Hurricane Harvey and its anticipated landfall later this week.”
Harvey is expected to impact with Texas later this evening, and while Texas residents are being ordered to evacuate, some are worried that there may not be enough time to fully prepare. The National Hurricane Center has called the storm absolutely “astounding,” coming in with winds greater than 125 miles per hour.
“Texans believe in taking action and always being prepared in the event of an emergency,” Governor Abbott said in a statement to Breitbart Texas. “That is why I am taking every precaution prior to Tropical Depression Harvey making landfall. Preemptively declaring a state of disaster will allow Texas to quickly deploy resources for the emergency response effort in anticipation of the storm’s hazardous conditions.”
The affected counties include: Aransas, Austin, Bee, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Brazoria, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Wilson Counties.
The “no-nonsense” governor has ordered the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents living in flood-prone areas. At its peak, the storm is expected to cause up to 12-foot storm surges—and while many have taken a typical Texas attitude to the danger, the governor has warned residents not to underestimate the storm.
“A lot of people are taking this storm for granted, thinking it may not pose much of a danger to them,” he said. “Please heed warnings and evacuate as soon as possible.”
Thousands of people fled Texas early Friday as Hurricane Harvey, a life-threatening Category 2 storm, gained strength and hurtled toward the coast.
Homeowners, businesses and government officials were scrambling to prepare for the potentially devastating storm. Forecasters said it could lash the state with significant rain, 125-mph winds and up to 12-foot storm surges.
The seven Texas counties on the coast have ordered mandatory evacuations of tens of thousands of residents from low-lying areas, according to the Associated Press. The message from state officials was clear: Get out while you can.
The National Hurricane Center has also warned that “life-threatening and devastating flooding,” was expected. They added that “Harvey is expected to become a major hurricane before it reaches the middle Texas coast.”
As Texas residents prepare for the oncoming onslaught, Harvey continues to gain speed—it is unclear exactly how much damage this hurricane will do, but one thing is certain: the destruction will be absolutely catastrophic.