Tropical Storm Harvey is strengthening as it heads toward the Texas Gulf Coast, and now is expected to make landfall Friday as a Category 3 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday morning.
The last hurricane to strike Texas was Ike in 2008.
Category 3 hurricane winds reach 111 to 129 mph, said Paul Lewis, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. As of 10 a.m. Thursday, Tropical Storm Harvey winds were at 65 mph with even faster gusts - the higher end of a tropical storm.
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