Can I have an update on Hurricane Harvey?

The weather system previously known as Tropical Storm Harvey has begun to reorganize over the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to slam into Texas’s coast Friday, unloading dangerous amounts of rain.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. update Wednesday that Harvey reattained tropical depression status and is expecting it to strengthen into a tropical storm before the day ends. The storm is over very warm water (86 to 88 degrees) in the Gulf of Mexico, which is a very favorable ingredient for intensification.

The Hurricane Center predicts Harvey will reach the Texas coast Friday afternoon as a strong tropical storm, but it could almost just as easily intensify into a hurricane. Read more at Washington Post.

You can’t stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect you and your family.

If you live in coastal areas at risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to begin preparing yourself for hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 each year. Please follow these important hurricane preparedness tips from CDC.