‘This is going to be a very major disaster’: THOUSANDS of Texans flee for their lives as governor warns of ‘immense record-setting flooding’ from Hurricane Harvey as 35 inches of rain expected to leave areas ‘uninhabitable for months’

Friday, August 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

Final preparations made for landfall Friday morning, as winds rise and window for evacuation quickly closes
Hurricane Harvey is now a Category 3 with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour
Flooding predicted up to 100 miles inland, with ‘devastating’ floods predicted for coastal cities and towns
Officials urge anyone who has not evacuated to get out now, predicting ‘immense human suffering’
All flights out of Corpus Christi airport cancelled for the remainder of the day on Friday morning
Harvey is predicted to become the strongest hurricane to hit the US since devastating Katrina in 2005
Looming disaster in Texas could prove a major new test for President Trump’s administration

By Keith Griffith and Cheyenne Roundtree and Regina F. Graham
25 August 2017

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has warned that Hurricane Harvey will be ‘a major disaster’ as the storm barrels toward the state, which is expecting catastrophic flooding, power outages, winds up to 130mph and 35+ inches of rain on top of storm surges up to 12 feet.

The storm was upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane on Friday afternoon, with winds of 120mph.

Harvey is on course to make landfall as the strongest storm since the devastating Katrina 12 years ago, triggering ‘catastrophic’ floods in an area that processes some seven million barrels of oil a day – in what could prove a major new test for President Donald Trump’s administration.

‘What you don’t know and what nobody else knows right now is the magnitude of flooding that will be coming,’ Abbott said in a press conference on Friday afternoon, adding that the state ‘will be dealing with immense, really record-setting flooding in multiple regions across the state of Texas.’

Forecasters labeled Harvey a ‘life-threatening storm’ that posed a ‘grave risk,’ saying it could swamp several counties more than 100 miles inland and projecting it will wallop the coast not once but twice in the next week.
Several counties were put under under mandatory evacuation orders, and residents not under orders to leave were urged to move inland.

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