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Tracking Harvey: Storm now a hurricane, mandatory evacuations ordered along coast

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HURRICANE CENTER LIVE: Our team of meteorologists are tracking Hurricane Harvey from the Hurricane Center Live studio. Click here to watch live on your mobile device...

UPDATE at 1 p.m.: While no mandatory evacuation is in place for Nueces County (Corpus Christi), the mayor urged residents to voluntarily evacuate, saying the area is up to and at the threshold of mandatory evacuations.

UPDATE at 12:15 p.m.: Mandatory evacuation ordered for Rockport, Port Lavaca, Port Aransas and Aransas Pass, along Gulf Coast.

UPDATE at 12 p.m. on Thursday, August 24: Hurricane hunters say Harvey is now hurricane with 80 mph winds.

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UPDATE at 12 p.m. on Thursday, August 24: The San Antonio EOC holds a press conference to discuss preparations for Tropical Storm Harvey, which is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane and dump heavy rainfall across South and Southeast Texas.

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UPDATE at 10 a.m.: National Hurricane Center expects Harvey to develop into a Category 3 hurricane by the time it makes landfall along Texas Gulf Coast.

San Antonio is under a Tropical Storm Warning. Areas east of I-35 could see between 8 and 15 inches of rainfall between Friday and Monday.

RELATED: Track Harvey in the News 4 San Antonio Hurricane Center

Local amounts in excess of 20 inches possible south of I-10. Watch the clip above to see the complete forecast.

Stay with Fox San Antonio for the latest Harvey updates.

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UPDATE at 9 a.m. from Chief Meteorologist Alex Garcia: The main change from yesterday is that Harvey is now a tropical storm and is getting stronger. Hurricane hunters are in the storm this morning and have found Harvey now is a strong tropical storm with pressure down to 986mb. Given the environment - very warm Gulf and low wind shear - the risk of Harvey going much stronger exists. Harvey could become a hurricane today.

RELATED: Click here to track Harvey in the Fox San Antonio Hurricane Center

National Hurricane Center forecasts Harvey to make landfall early Saturday on the central Texas coast then stalls it inland. In fact, forecast models indicate that steering currents will collapse and Harvey will begin to wander over the region and could move back out into the Gulf. This scenario would present a stalled tropical storm over land and that means exceptionally heavy rainfall and flooding.
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UPDATE at 6:45 a.m.: Meteorologist Shaun Stevens says Harvey could strengthen into a hurricane and is currently taking aim at Corpus Christi. It's expected to make landfall Saturday at approximately 1 a.m.

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MIAMI (AP) - A hurricane warning has been issued for a section of Texas' Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Harvey approaches.

RELATED: Live radar images

The warning, issued Thursday morning, covers an area from Port Mansfield to Matagorda.

RELATED: Track Harvey in the Fox San Antonio Hurricane Center

The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 kph) but the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Harvey is expected to strengthen to a hurricane by Friday, when it's expected to approach the southern Texas coast.

As of 5 a.m. EDT, the storm was centered about 370 miles (595 kilometers) southeast of Port Mansfield and was moving north near 10 mph (17 kph).

By early Thursday, the storm's maximum sustained winds had increased to near 45 mph (70 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says additional strengthening is expected and Harvey could become a hurricane on Friday.

The tropical storm is centered about 410 miles (660 kilometers) southeast of Port Mansfield, Texas, and is moving northwest near 7 mph (11 kph).

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the State Operations Center to elevate its readiness level, making state resources available for possible rescue and recovery actions. Abbott also pre-emptively declared a state of disaster for 30 counties on or near the coast to speed deployment of state resources.
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Harvey regains tropical storm strength in Gulf of Mexico

MIAMI (AP) — Harvey regained tropical storm strength as it drifted in the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas early Thursday and forecasters said it could become a hurricane.

A hurricane warning was issued for the Texas coast Thursday morning, covering an area from Port Mansfield to Matagorda.

The storm's maximum sustained winds had increased to near 45 mph (70 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center said additional strengthening was expected and Harvey could become a hurricane by Friday, when it's expected to approach the southern Texas coast.

As of 5 a.m. EDT, the storm was centered about 370 miles (595 kilometers) southeast of Port Mansfield and was moving north near 10 mph (17 kph).

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the State Operations Center to elevate its readiness level, making state resources available for possible rescue and recovery actions. Abbott also pre-emptively declared a state of disaster for 30 counties on or near the coast to speed deployment of state resources to any areas affected.

Emergency officials Wednesday asked residents along the upper Texas coastline to move or prepare to move inland. Those in low-lying areas were urged to seek higher ground, and those elsewhere were told to monitor official announcements closely.

A hurricane watch was in effect for Texas from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass. A storm surge watch was in effect from Port Mansfield to High Island.

On South Padre Island, people filled sandbags and loaded them into cars and vans Wednesday to take to protect exposed homes and businesses. Others in the forecast path of the storm sought out generators, plywood and other goods from hardware stores. Meanwhile, rice farmers in coastal Matagorda County moved quickly to harvest their crops.

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