Texas braces itself for a massive storm named ‘Hurricane Harvey’.

Texas braces itself for a massive storm named ‘Hurricane Harvey’.

Forecasters have labelled Hurricane Harvey as a “life-threatening storm”, which may be the worst storm to hit the US mainland in 12 years.

Harvey, currently a category two storm in the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to make landfall on Texas’ central coast late on Friday or early Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm surges may bring life-threatening floods in and around Houston. According to storm forecast Hurricane Harvey is said to be a Category 3 hurricane by the time it makes landfall at around late Friday or early Saturday, and is expected to be the worst to hit the state in nearly two decades.

Forecasters said: “The storm may bring 35in (97cm) of rain, 130mph (210km/h) winds and 12ft (3.5m) storm surges.”

At 10:00 local time (15:00 GMT), the eye of Harvey was about 115 miles south-east of the Texas coastal city of Corpus Christi, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. It had sustained winds of 110mph.

Harvey – which has been gaining strength – is likely to strike at the heart of Texas’s oil refining industry.

Oil-rich Houston, the fourth biggest city in the US, could face up to 20in of rain over the coming days, officials there said.

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