MIDWAY, Fl. (WTXL) -- Hurricane Harvey continues to rapidly intensify. After undergoing an eye wall replacement cycle (a process where the outer layer of the eye wall absorbs the inner layer), odds are that strengthening will only continue until landfall occurs either late tonight or very early Saturday morning. Impacts are already being felt with feeder bands from the hurricane coming ashore over southeastern Texas.
The latest advisory as of 11:00am CT (12:00pm ET) has Harvey with winds sustained at 110 mph. The storm is at Category 2 strength and it is expected to become a Category 3 hurricane.
In addition, landfall should occur at that strength. If this occurs, this will be the first major hurricane (Categroy 3 or higher) landfall in the U.S. since Wilma in 2005.
There are several major threats that Harvey poses to Texas including strong gusty winds up to 110 mph, torrential and potentially catastrophic flooding rains, and life-threatening storm surge that can be several feet high.
A complete list of watches and warnings associated with Harvey are below:
A STORM SURGE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * PORT MANSFIELD TO HIGH ISLAND TEXAS A STORM SURGE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR... * SOUTH OF PORT MANSFIELD TEXAS TO THE MOUTH OF THE RIO GRANDE A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * PORT MANSFIELD TO SARGENT TEXAS A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * NORTH OF SARGENT TO HIGH ISLAND TEXAS * SOUTH OF PORT MANSFIELD TEXAS TO THE MOUTH OF THE RIO GRANDE A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR... * SOUTH OF THE MOUTH OF THE RIO GRANDE TO BOCA DE CATAN MEXICO
The area of disorganized low pressure over southern Florida has a 40% chance of organizing into a depression within the next five days. It is bringing widespread heavy rains to Florida. The system may become a depression as it moves AWAY from the state. It is NOT a threat to our local region.
You can catch the forecast on ABC 27 News starting at 5:00 each morning, as well as ABC 27 News at Noon. Chief Meteorologist Casanova Nurse has your forecast at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 11:00 this evening.
Plus, you can get the First Alert forecast every 10 minutes on Channel 27.3 Weather NOW.
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