Widespread evacuations have been ordered along Texas’ Gulf Coast ahead of Hurricane Harvey. Officials in Calhoun County and San Patricio County north of Corpus Christi issued orders on Thursday, along with the cities of Portland, Rockport, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Ingleside and Robstown. All residents of Brazoria County living on the Gulf side of the Intracoastal Canal have been ordered to evacuate as well.
Harvey became a hurricane around 1 p.m. Eastern Thursday and is still gaining strength as it churns through the Gulf of Mexico. Harvey is forecast to make landfall as a major hurricane sometime early Saturday morning. The Texas Department of Transportation has released an evacuation guide with highlighted routes and important tips. Nueces County and the City of Corpus Christi have also issued a mandatory evacuation for high profile vehicles, KZTV reports, but no full evacuation has been ordered yet. READ MORE