The Texas Gulf Coast is preparing for the first hurricane to make landfall in the state since 2008's Ike, and the latest forecasts have Hurricane Harvey making landfall between Corpus Christi and Port O'Connor overnight Friday at "just shy of Category 4 intensity," with 125-mile-per-hour winds.
Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for Aransas Pass, Calhoun County and parts of Brazoria County, while officials have called for voluntary evacuation of Bolivar Peninsula and parts of Galveston. This thing looks pretty intense:
The GOES-16 imagery of Hurricane Harvey is just astounding. pic.twitter.com/H0kWA1wScS— Eric Berger (@SciGuySpace) August 24, 2017
The Houston area is expected to see a lot of rain, and likely flooding, throughout the weekend, no matter how the path of Harvey shakes out. Because of that, HISD announced that schools are cancelled Monday. University of Houston is closing at 1 p.m. Friday through the weekend, at which time an update will be issued regarding Monday. The mayor told Houston Public Media yesterday that "certainly there will be street flooding," and possibly structural flooding, and urged drivers to avoid known high-water areas and to minimize travel over the weekend. Both airports are advising flyers to check with their airlines about potential flight delays and cancellations.
As far as prep goes, most Houstonians know the drill: bottled water, batteries, snacks, booze, ice. If you haven't stocked up yet, Houston Press made a list (at 1:25 p.m. Thursday) of places that still had bottled water, although some of those spots may be out by now. Houston Food Finder compiled a list of places that sell water and supplies that you might not think of right away; those kinds of places are likely your safest bet as the weekend nears.
We've got some tips for the worst-case scenarios, and some tips for passing the idle hours inside, besides refreshing Space City Weather and peeking out your windows. And make sure to tag #HarveyHmag if you snap something crazy; we'll be compiling the best photos as the storm plays out. Stay safe and stay dry!