Hurricane Harvey Now A Category 5 Storm

Hurricane Harvey category 5 storm made contact with land just moments ago. (11:31 PM ET).

“The storm is poundng the Texas coast and its millions of residents with hurricane-force winds knocking down trees, power poles and signs, and with torrential rain deluging streets.

In its 11 p.m. ET update, the National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm had passed over San Jose Island, bringing with it a dangerous and powerful eye wall.
 
The hurricane center warns that some areas will see as much as 13 feet of storm surge and large, destructive waves.
And there’s the rain that the slow-moving storm is expected to produce. Because it is expected to come to a near halt inland, Harvey could drop as much as 40 inches of rain in some places, and up to 30 inches in others, by Wednesday.” — CNN
Experts and district meteorologists have officially declared Hurricane Harvey a category 5 storm, the first time in history a hurricane on American soil has increased in strength after initial contact with land.

A couple points about the hurricane so far-
  • National Hurricane center has declared the coming floods to be “life-threatening”
  • Storm is expected to continue through Wednesday, delivering over 4 feet of total rain
  • Corpus Christi police have stopped responding to emergency calls
  • Hurricane Harvey category 5 is the first category 5 in the United States in over 30 years
  • Wind speeds are currently hitting as high as 135 MP
  • One building has collapsed in Bridgeport with people inside according to CBS News
  • Brian McNoldy, a senior hurricane researcher at the University of Miami, has compared Hurricane Harvey to Hurricane Katrina
  • Evacuees are seeking refugee in San Antonio

 

In case you are still not impressed, check this freakin picture NASA took of it from space:

That is massive. Like, nightmarishly massive. But I suppose that is what you expect when it’s hurricane Harvey category 5 all of a sudden.

The economic toll is expected to be tremendous, but right now we will worry about the safety of those in Texas. Prayers to all in the storms path.

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