Harvey has been upgraded to a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said shortly before noon Thursday.
Harvey is a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of up to 85 mph, according to the Hurricane Center, and it is "intensifying rapidly." Winds of up to 125 mph are expected as the storm makes landfall.
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As of 1 p.m. Thursday Harvey was located about 335 miles south of Corpus Christi, Texas, moving north-northwest at about 10 mph. It is expected to make a turn toward the northwest at some point Thursday, with forward movement slowing.
The next update is scheduled to be released at 4 p.m.
Harvey is forecast to make landfall in Texas late Friday or early Saturday and stall near the mid-Texas coast through the weekend. It is expected to bring 12 to 20 inches of rain to parts of Texas, with isolated amounts of 30 inches possible in some areas.
The Hurricane Center urged Texans in the storm's path to make preparations to "protect life and property" by Thursday evening.
A hurricane warning remains in effect for parts of Texas.
Heavy rainfall from the system is still the biggest threat to Louisiana. Southwest and central Louisiana could see 5 to 12 inches of rain from the system, the Hurricane Center said. In Baton Rouge and New Orleans, rainfall estimates were between 4 and 6 inches on Thursday morning.
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