Hurricane Harvey is predicted to make landfall sometime around midnight on the shores of Corpus Christi tonight. Weather forecasters say the storm could hit the Texas coast as a Category 3, bringing "life-threatening" rain, high winds and mass flooding. Harvey is the first "major" hurricane to hit the U.S. coast in 11-years. This storm has the potential of bringing up to 3 feet of rain in some areas, 12-foot storm surges, and winds of 111/125 mph. Wednesday (August 23, 2017) Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, declared a State of Disaster for 30 counties in the state. Those counties are as follows:

Aransas, Austin, Bee, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Brazoria, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Wilson

ALL 7 counties on the Texas coast, from Corpus Christi, to the western end of Galveston Island are under a Mandatory Evacuations.

Voluntary evacuations have been given to residents in Corpus Christi itself, as well as those living Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston Island. These poor people just rebuilt, after being completely wiped out by Hurricane Ike in 2008. Even though Harvey's storm surge threats are real, Texas emergency officials say many residents are NOT making an effort to get out of harm's way. This is a major concern, as tens of thousands of people live along the Texas coast.

<> on August 25, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
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Gov. Abbott told Houston's KPRC, that this is a mistake. He said,  "A lot of people are taking this storm for granted thinking it may not pose much of a danger to them. Please heed warnings and evacuate as soon as possible."

Houston residents could see massive flooding as well, as Harvey moves inland. One thing is for sure, Texas officials are taking every measure to make sure they will be ready. Gov. Abbott activated 700 members of the state's National Guard, and they will get plenty of help from Louisiana as well.

Louisiana emergency preparedness is watching Harvey closely. The Cameron Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness is not taking any chances, and issued a Mandatory Evacuation as of 6 a.m. this morning (Friday August 25, 2017.) KPLC reports this order is for all areas south of the Intracoastal Waterway, including: Hackberry, Johnson Bayou, Holly Beach, Cameron, Creole, Grand Chenier and Big Lake.

Cameron Parish OHSEP says even residents who don't live in an area listed above should get out if your area is prone to flooding. This also goes for anyone living in campers or trailers. For info on the evacuation order, call any of the following numbers: 337-775-7048, 337-775-5551, 337-775-5552, or 337-775-5553. Sign up for CodeRed alerts at,

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