August 25, 2017 / 2:59 AM / in a year

Harvey likely to strengthen into major hurricane before Texas landfall: NHC

(Reuters) - Hurricane Harvey is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane by Friday before it reaches the Texas coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.

Hurricane Harvey is seen in the Texas Gulf Coast, U.S., in this NOAA GOES satellite image on August 24, 2017. NOAA/Handout via Reuters

The hurricane, now about 245 miles (400 km) south-southeast of Port Oconnor, Texas with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (140 km/h), could bring heavy rainfall and storm surges to the coast, the NHC said.

The storm is likely to make landfall along the middle of the Texas coast by Friday night or early Saturday, it added.

Reporting by Arpan Varghese in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill

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