Emergency Services Mobilized as Harvey Grows

Concerns about winds, high tides and flooding have officials throughout the Houston-Galveston area making final preparations ahead of Hurricane Harvey.

Newsradio 740 KTRH listeners are urged to bring their preparation plans to conclusion.

Emergency services are being mobilized in Texas and Louisiana in anticipation of Harvey, which is currently churning through the Gulf of Mexico.

Texas has declared state of disaster for 30 counties ahead of the storm which could bring "life-threatening flooding" to portions of the state.  Harvey is gaining strength as it heads toward the south-central Texas coast and could make landfall sometime tomorrow night or early Saturday morning near Corpus Christi.

The National Weather Service says they are "quite concerned" that Harvey is now strengthening at a faster rate than indicated in previous advisories. 

Harvey is expected make landfall as a major hurricane, according to the NHC. The direct impact will be felt along the Texas coast Friday evening into Saturday morning.

A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to Matagorda.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from north of Matagorda to High Island Texas.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass.

Voluntary evacuations are advised for Galveston residents who have medical or access needs in the West End.

The storm watch in Galveston has been upgraded to a storm surge warning.

A mandatory evacuation will go into effect at 8 a.m. Friday in Matagorda, Sargent and Palacio beginning at 8 a.m. Friday.

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