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Four threats Texas faces with Hurricane Harvey

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Infrared satellite view of Hurricane Harvey as of Friday morning. Courtesy: GOES-16 NOAA Satellite Infrared satellite view of Hurricane Harvey as of Friday morning. Courtesy: GOES-16 NOAA Satellite

TUCSON - The first hurricane to strike Texas since 2008 is packing numerous threats.

According to 4WARN Meteorologist Jeff Beamish, Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall somewhere northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas late tonight into early Saturday morning. It is entirely possible that Harvey reaches major category 3 status, which would make it the first major hurricane to strike the US since Wilma in 2005.

Harvey's threats are many. Here are four ways this hurricane could impact the Texas coastline.

1: Catastrophic flooding

The amount of rain that expected in the next 4-6 days is equivalent to 1-2 years worth of rain in Tucson. Various computer model guidance suggests 15-25" rain is possible from Harvey through early next week. A few places could pick up as much as 30-35". This rainfall likely leads to catastrophic & life threatening flooding, according to the National Hurricane Center.

2: Damaging winds

If Harvey reaches category 3 status by landfall, it means winds could be in the neighborhood of 111-129 MPH. The National Weather Service is warning residents around Corpus Christi that winds of this magnitude may have dire effects on structures.

3: Storm surge

Bays and inlets northeast of Corpus Christi could face 6-12 feet of water moving inland. Storm Surge Warnings are in effect from Port Mansfield to High Island, Texas. Shores as far south as the Rio Grande River up to Galveston Bay could also experience 1-4 feet of storm surge.

4: Tornadoes

Due to the changing wind direction with height (called wind shear) near the hurricane's eyewall, Harvey may produce some short-lived tornadoes. These twisters typically develop in the outer bands of hurricanes, where the wind shear is greatest. 

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