Hurricane Harvey inches toward Texas, NHC warns of life-threatening flooding

Hurricane Harvey inches toward Texas, NHC warns of life-threatening flooding

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Hurricane Harvey continues to move - slowly - toward the Texas coast at 10 mph. The Category Three storm is hours away from landfall and is already pushing a storm surge across the beaches of Texas from Corpus Christi to Houston. Surface wind speeds are estimated at 120mph in the official forecast, but radar estimates show wind as strong as 140mph at 6,000 to 9,000 feet in altitude.

Keeping up with evacuation orders is important for Texans as many towns, cities and counties continue to realize the threat Harvey poses. TxDOT has a list of evacuation routes on it's website

Here is the latest from the National Hurricane Center: Some key points form the National Hurricane Center:

2. A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for much of the Texas coast. Life-threatening storm surge flooding could reach heights of 6 to 12 feet above ground level at the coast between the north entrance of the Padre Island National Seashore and Sargent. For a depiction of areas at risk, see the Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic at hurricanes.gov. Due to the slow motion of Harvey and a prolonged period of onshore flow, water levels will remain elevated for several days.

WDAM First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Nick Lilja will have a detailed update posted on his blog this afternoon with model data, forecast extras and the science behind the forecast. You can find the latest Tropical Update video here.

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