Hurricane Harvey will reach Texas on Friday, bringing as many as 35 inches of rainfall, destructive waves and flood waters that could reach heights of 6-12 feet above ground level along the state’s coast, the National Hurricane Center said.
Harvey strengthened early Friday, becoming a Category 2 hurricane with winds up to 100 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasters say Harvey is on track to become a Category 3 hurricane with winds of at least 111 mph by the time it hits the middle Texas coast later Friday or early Saturday.
After hitting Corpus Christi, the storm is expected to stall over the state, forecasters say.
On Thursday, drivers sat bumper-to-bumper as highways that were backed up for miles with people trying leave the coastal region ahead of the storm.
Dozens of city buses will continue taking families out of the hurricane’s path on Friday, after at least six counties on the Texas coast issued voluntary or mandatory evacuations.
In Port Aransas, grocery stores and a regional hospital closed after over 50% of residents left town on Thursday, city officials said.