Houston braces for Hurricane Harvey

Harvey is set to make landfall in Texas as a category 3 hurricane late Friday or early Saturday morning. Hospitals in Houston have evacuated patients and store shelves are bare as residents of coastal Texas brace for the killer storm.

The Hurricane will pack 120 mph winds and dump 35+ inches along the Texas coast. Incidents of flooding and widespread power outages are expected through Friday night into Saturday.

Harvey strengthened to a category 3 hurricane on Friday afternoon. The storm is projected to make landfall just east of Corpus Christi between 10 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. ET Saturday, according to the Weather Service.

Harvey also threatens to flood southeast Louisiana where Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc 12 years ago.

Officials say Harvey could trigger post-traumatic stress disorder in Katrina survivors in New Orleans.

“This is not to be taken lightly,” said St. Tammany Parish Coroner Charles Preston in a news release on Friday.

“Hyper-vigilance, excessive fear or anxiety, denial, bursts of rage and even self-isolation can all be symptoms of PTSD,” Preston said. “If you’re feeling it, that’s OK. It’s normal.”

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