National Hurricane Center Says Hurricane Harvey Has Strengthened to Category 4 Storm
- The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Hurricane Harvey to a stronger-than-expected Category 4 storm.
- Residents on the Texas coast who have not yet evacuated should find a safe place and shelter there.
- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has asked President Donald Trump for a presidential disaster declaration ahead of Harvey’s landfall Friday night.
As Hurricane Harvey trundled toward Texas on Friday it strengthened into a Category 4 storm, exceeding previous projections shortly before making landfall.
The National Hurricane Center upgraded the slow-moving, waterlogged storm to a Category 4 hurricane late Friday afternoon as its maximum sustained winds grew to 130 mph. The bulk of the storm is expected to make landfall Friday night.