Hurricane Harvey Causes Panic on Texas Coast

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The forecast is in the Texas coast is about to be slammed with the strongest tropical storm the US has seen in over a decade. Hurricane Harvey is threatening the state with strong winds, life-threatening storm surge, and torrential rainfall. As reported but the Austin American Statesmen at Midnight Hurricane Harvey has strengthened to a Category 2 Hurricane. So now we ask, what does that mean for the coast of Texas?

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What is a Category 2 Hurricane?

For a hurricane to classify as a category 2 hurricane it has to have wind speeds predicted between 96-110 MPH, meaning the storm surge is about 6-8 feet above normal. Some roofing material, door, and window damage of buildings is predicted with this category of hurricane. We can also expect considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some trees blown down. Mobile homes, poorly constructed sings, and piers will also see considerable damage. Coastal routes are expected to flood 2-4 hours before the arrival of the hurricane center.

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