AG/Energy AM Update: Harvey Strengthening & Expected to Become a Hurricane

Good morning! This is a special morning update on Harvey in the Western Gulf of Mexico. Harvey became a tropical storm overnight and continues to strengthen this morning, as convection increased and deepened around the center. As of thge 8am advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the storm has maximum sustained winds of 60mph, minimum central pressure has dropped to 986mb and the storm moving north-northwest at 10mph. Further strengthening is likely today, as the storm continues to move over very warm waters in the Western Gulf of Mexico and the atmospheric environment becomes more favorable. Harvey is now likely to become a hurricane by tonight or Friday. Thus a Hurricane Warning has been issued for Port Mansfield to Matagorda along the South Texas coast. Hurricane Watches and Tropical Storm Warnings are now in effect for other parts of Texas and Northeast Mexico coast.

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