At 1 pm, the National Hurricane Center upgraded Harvey to a Category 1 hurricane. On its projected path, Harvey will likely become the first hurricane to directly strike the Texas coast since Hurricane Ike in 2008. At that time, Harvey was located near 24.0 N and 93.6 W, or about 335 miles southeast of Corpus Christi. Sustained winds were up to 85-mph and central pressure was down to 979 MB (28.91”). Harvey was moving north-northwest at 10-mph.
Based on current projections, the highest winds and storm surge will be southwest of the immediate area, however, as Harvey may become a major storm, any northward change in its path could pose increased dangers to the Galveston area. As it is, surge levels of up to 3 feet above ground level, tropical storm force winds and torrential rains of up to 1 foot or more will be possible…..especially if the storm drifts northeast as some models suggest.
At any case, Galveston area residents need to pay close attention to this storm and heed suggestions of local emergency management personnel and the Houston-Galveston National Weather Service office.
This link will allow you to monitor expected local impacts: http://www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=hgx#hti