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Hurrican Harvey strongest storm to hit Texas in 50 years

Image of Hurricane Harvey taken from NOAA’s GOES East satellite on Aug. 25 at 10:07 a.m. EDT Credits: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

HOUSTON - Thousands of people are leaving Corpus Christi and moving for higher ground in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey, the strongest storm to hit Texas in almost 50 years.

President Trump says he's spoken with the Governors of Texas and Louisiana, both of whom have requested an emergency declaration.

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Harvey has strengthened to a Category 4 storm.

The center says Harvey has sustained wind speeds of 130 mph (209 kph) as the powerful storm churns off the Texas coast. Forecasters are labeling it a "life-threatening storm."

The storm quickly grew Thursday from a tropical depression into a Category 1 hurricane, and then developed into a Category 2 storm early Friday. By Friday afternoon, it had become a Category 3 storm before strengthening to a Category 4. It's forecast to make landfall in Texas late Friday or early Saturday.

The storm is 45 miles (72 kilometers) east of Corpus Christi.

Today at the Portland Airport, there were several delays, and even a few cancellations for folks headed to Texas and the South.

With the Hurrican now a Category 4 storm, delays and cancellations are even more likely has Harvey makes landfall.


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