A storm at Gulf of Mexico rapidly intensified by spinning into the potentially biggest hurricane to hit United States in 12 years,taking aim at the heart of nation’s oil refining industry. The storm could bring a surge in sea levels as high as 12 feet (3.7 meters) and dump up to 35 inches (97 cm) of rain over parts of Texas. Flood warnings are also in effect for northern Mexico and Louisiana.
Hurricane Harvey is forecast to make landfall late Friday or early Saturday, packing winds of up to 125 miles per hour (201 km per hour). Looking at the threat, schools around the South Texas coast have been called-off by the Government.
Energy companies have shut the coastal refineries and pulled workers from Gulf of Mexico offshore oil platforms. Also halted onshore drilling in south Texas on Thursday.
Harvey is forecast to come ashore as a Category 3 hurricane, the US National Hurricane Center said, the third most powerful on the Saffir-Simpson scale, which would make it the first major hurricane to hit the mainland United States since Hurricane Wilma struck Florida in 2005.
Hurricane Harvey is going to bring rain and flooding which may be ‘devastating’ , said NHC in a public advisory. President Donald Trump has been given the detailed information about the threat and the White house will stand ready for help in any case of requirement.