Residents on the Texas coast have been stocking up on water, food and gas to prepare for Hurricane Harvey, which is set to hit around midnight on Friday.
The hurricane is being classified under ‘Category 3’ is expected to be the worst to hit the coast in almost two decades.
The storm is expected to bring large-scale damage, and people have been boarding up windows and doors in their homes and businesses in preparation.
At 10am Friday morning, the hurricane remained in ‘Category 2’ and was 115 miles southeast of Corpus Christi.
By 12am local time on Saturday, the storm is set to reach ‘Category 3’ and winds will rise to 110mph, according to the National Weather Service.
It also warned that Harvey could bring a potentially devastating storm surge, heavy rainfall and wind hazards to the Lone Star State’s coast.
15 to 25 inches of rain is set to fall in many areas, with some places reaching 35 inches. Storm waters could reach 6 to 12 feet above ground.
“Extremely dangerous Storm will hit the Texas coast causing devastation from flood waters and a high storm surge,” tweeted the National Weather Service.
On Friday, governors had declared states of emergencies for 30 counties in Texas and for the state of Louisiana.
Many officials have told residents to take evacuation orders seriously.
President Donald Trump spoke on Twitter about the situation on Friday.
“I have spoken w/ @GovAbbott of Texas and @LouisianaGovEdwards. Closely monitoring #HurricaneHarvey developments & here to assist as needed,” he tweeted.