Hurricane Harvey is rapidly intensifying over the bathtub-warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, rocketing from a tropical depression to an 85-mile-per-hour hurricane in less than 24 hours, with more intensification to come. As of Friday afternoon, it had reached Category 3 intensity. The storm presents south and southeastern Texas with nothing short of a worst-case scenario.  Hurricane Harvey is forecast to roar ashore along the middle Texas coast with maximum sustained

winds of 125 miles per hour or greater, making it a high-end Category 3 storm, on Friday night or Saturday morning. It’s even possible it could hit as a low-end Category 4 storm, capable of causing widespread destruction.If it hits land at such a high intensity, Harvey would be the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 12 years, since Hurricane Wilma struck Florida in 2005. READ MORE