>> Texas bracing itself for Harvey, which on Friday strengthened to a category four hurricane as it barreled towards the coast. The National Hurricane Center saying Texas could expect quote, life-threatening and devastating flooding near the coast. Some models showing the storm slamming into Corpus Christi first and potentially lopping back over the Gulf of Mexico before hitting Houston.
Reuters reporter Brian Thevenot is in Corpus Christi.>> We could see 100 mile an hour winds over the next couple of days. But the real concern is that this will be a slow moving storm that dumps so much water that these low lying areas get flooded.>> Some of the biggest US crude refineries are in the storm's projected path.
Oil and gas operations have already been disrupted and US gas prices have spiked. The storm's approach also triggering mass evacuations in south Texas and Central Coast residents are voluntarily leaving the area. A frenzied rush for supplies leaving bare shelves and gas stations emptied of fuel. Beyond the environmental threat, a political one as well.
As Harvey set to be the first real natural disaster crisis for President Trump who on Friday tweeted five times about his enemies before commenting on the storm hours later. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, on Twitter, issuing a grave warning to POTUS not to make the, quote, same mistake President Bush made with Katrina.
Up to 35 inches of rain are expected over parts of Texas and sea levels may surge as high as 12 feet. Flood warnings are also in effect for Louisiana and Northern Mexico.