As Hurricane Harvey churned toward Texas late Friday, packing a "life-threatening storm surge," President Trump made a preemptive disaster declaration while some residents fled and holdouts hunkered down for what could be the most powerful storm to hit the Lone Star state in more than a decade.
Harvey, upgraded Friday to Category 4, was set to make landfall near Corpus Christi late Friday or early Saturday. It will bring 130 mph winds and a surge that could send floodwaters roaring 6 to 12 feet above ground level along the coast, according to the National Hurricane Center. As much as three feet of rain could fall in the hardest-hit areas.
Authorities are anticipating extensive damage, including "structural damage to sturdy buildings" and "complete destruction of mobile homes," according to a bulletin from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Corpus Christi. Damage is likely to be "greatly accentuated by large airborne projectiles. Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks or months." At least one county, Nueces, is expected to be without power for up to a week.
Corpus Christi officials sought to evacuate stranded residents on city buses.