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Life-threatening Hurricane Harvey intensifies to Category-2

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Hurricane Harvey rapidly strengthened Friday morning as it headed toward Texas.

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As of Friday at 5 a.m. Eastern Time, Harvey was about 180 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, traveling toward the coast at nine miles an hour with winds as strong as 105 miles an hour, the hurricane center said.

Harvey is threatening to become the worst weather system to hit the U.S. in 12 years with dangerous storms and heavy rain expected along the Gulf Coast.

The National Hurricane Center said Harvey had grown into a Category 2 hurricane early Friday, but forecast it would intensify to Category-3 by the time it hits the Texas coast in the evening or early Saturday.

“Harvey is expected to be a major hurricane at landfall, bringing life-threatening storm surge, rainfall and wind hazards to portions of the Texas coast,” the NHC said in an advisory.

“Devastating and life-threatening flooding is expected across the middle and upper Texas coast from heavy rainfall of 15 to 25 inches, with isolated amounts as high as 35 inches, from Friday through next Wednesday.”

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