Harvey strengthens to a category 4 storm, could make 2 landfalls
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
Hurricane Harvey has strengthened to a category 4 storm.
Harvey is now a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph.
The storm is already producing tropical storm force winds and water levels are rising along the Gulf Beaches.
The eye wall will move onshore by early evening bringing with it wind gusts over 100 mph near Corpus Christi and Port Lavaca.
Also deadly storm surge of 6-12 feet is likely.
After the system makes landfall it will slow and stall over the weekend. It will dump over 2 feet of rain in most of East Texas, well east of San Antonio and Austin.
Some isolated spots will see over 3 feet of rain. This will cause historic flooding.
The system may get pushed back into the Gulf of Mexico early week and possibly make a 2nd landfall.
Early to middle next week the storm will finally get picked and pulled northeast into the Mississippi Valley.