From Space, Hurricane Harvey Looks Like It’s About to Swallow All of Texas

A brief-but-haunting video released by NASA on Thursday night shows Hurricane Harvey’s powerful churn toward Central Texas, where the slow-moving storm is expected to throttle coastal communities with high winds and up to 25 inches of rain.

The footage was captured just after 6 p.m. by cameras aboard the International Space Station, not long after the tropical cyclone — aided by warm water and favorable winds — regenerated over the Gulf of Mexico. An astronaut on board, Marine Corps Col. Randy Bresnik, later tweeted two photos of the storm with a message of solidarity for those in its path:

“God Bless Texas, may you weather the storm as you always have!”

According to the National Hurricane Center, 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.”

Early Friday morning, the National Hurricane Center noted that the “dangerous” storm was strengthening and urged: “Preparations along the Texas coast should be rushed to completion.”

The National Hurricane Center has called Harvey’s sudden strengthening “astounding.”

Harvey is expected to make landfall late Friday near Corpus Christi, striking as a Category 3 hurricane with wind speeds surpassing 111 miles per hour.

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SOURCE: Andrew deGrandpre 
The Washington Post