Update: Harvey Now a Hurricane

Harvey became a category 1 hurricane on Thursday as it moved into a favorable environment for strengthening. As of the latest update (8 PM), winds are sustained at 85 mph with gusts as high as 105 mph.

The current path from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) takes the storm into SE Texas early on Saturday as a major category 3 hurricane with winds topping out around 125 mph. The primary threat will be flash flooding and storm surge. Some of the latest information now prints out between 15-30 inches of rain in spots.

The National Weather Service in Texas put out an ominous weather discussion Thursday afternoon saying, "devastating flooding likely…slow movement of Harvey will lead to excessive/extreme heavy rainfall leading to life-threatening flash flooding."

Extreme rainfall totals are expected because Harvey will slowly move through Texas and eventually stall out and barely move.

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