Millions of Texans are getting ready for Hurricane Harvey, a storm with current maximum sustained winds of more than 100 mph. It’s also expected to bring life-threatening storm surge, drenching rains and dangerous winds.
Flooding could reach heights of 6 to 12 feet above ground level along the coast between the north entrance of Padre Island National Seashore and Sargent.
Storm surge was already pushing seawater up to the dunes Friday morning at beaches in Port Aransas, which sits on the northeast tip of Mustang Island. City Manager Dave Parsons says a lot of locals didn’t follow the mandatory evacuation orders, and are going to wait out the storm.
“We have a pretty salty, old islander population that like to hunker down, so, granted they’re not out and about a whole lot, but we know they’re there,” he says.