Discussion: The National Hurricane Center has released their 2pm CDT update on Hurricane Harvey. Data from the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that as of 2pm CDT Hurricane Harvey is currently located 75 miles ESE of Corpus Christi, Texas. Hurricane Harvey has maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, which on the Saffir-Simpson scale correlates to a category 3 hurricane. The minimum central pressure for Hurricane Harvey is now down to 943 mb. Tropical storm force wind gusts have been recorded throughout the day at many locations along the Texas coast. Along with the winds, NOAA tide gages have also shown that 1-2 feet of storm surge inundation has also begun. Harvey is expected to make landfall tonight or early Saturday morning, as a major category 3 hurricane and is poised to bring life threatening and catastrophic conditions with it as it moves ashore and stalls out over the area. All preparations for this storm should be near completion or finished as this storm moves closer to landfall. It is critically important to heed all local and federal government warnings! Keep an eye on friends, family, and neighbors as well! Below is the latest satellite imagery showing the structure and defined eye of Hurricane Harvey. Stay Safe!
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