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Category 4 Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall in Texas

Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast on Friday as a Category 4 storm with winds of up to 130 miles per hour, the most powerful storm in over a decade to hit the mainland United States. Harvey was declared a Category 4 hurricane as it approached the mainland on Friday evening.

The eye of Harvey made landfall between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, near Corpus Christi, the hurricane center said at 10 p.m and is expected to dump over 3 feet (90 cm) of rain along the Texas coast and parts of Louisiana as it lingers for days.

Residents staying in the area frantically stocked up on food, water and gas, while others heading out of the storm's path boarded up windows and doors of their homes and businesses.

Airlines cancelled flights, schools were shuttered while concerts and other planned events in Houston and coastal cities were postponed.

The hurricane's effects are expected to linger for days, with heavy rainfall through next week estimated to be as high as 40 inches in some areas.

President Donald Trump signed an official disaster proclamation about an hour before Hurricane Harvey made landfall, with fears mounting it could be the worst storm to hit the mainland since Katrina in 2005.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that Harvey was "rapidly intensifying".

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