Texas governor activates State Operations Center ahead of storm

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HOUSTON (AP) Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday ordered the State Operations Center to elevate its readiness level and is making state resources available for preparation and possible rescue and recovery actions amid forecasts a tropical storm will make landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast.


The National Hurricane Center says the remnants Tropical Storm Harvey cleared Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and have been regenerating into a tropical depression over the Gulf of Mexico.

Landfall could come as early as Friday.

Depending on what happens after that, the system could dump heavy rain on parts of Central Texas as it pushes inland.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Wednesday that Harvey is likely to intensify as it moves over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

A hurricane watch is posted for the coast north of Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass.

A tropical storm watch is up from the mouth of the Rio Grande to Port Mansfield and from north of San Luis Pass to High Island.

At mid-morning Wednesday, Harvey was 470 miles southeast of Port Mansfield and was moving northwest at about 9 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour.