Texas prepares for worst as Hurricane Harvey approaches

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Two men help board windows at a Corpus Christi, Texas home in preparation for Hurricane Harvey.

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Naval Air Station Kingsville are in Harvey’s path, which strengthened into a Category 1 storm on Thursday and is expected to come ashore as a Category 3, the Military Times said.

The Navy removed about half of its 100 T-45 trainer jets — those able to fly — to a base in Forth Worth.

“All airworthy aircraft are being evacuated to Fort Worth,” Kevin Clarke, a Kingsville spokesman​, told the Military Times.

It also moved able aircraft — including T-6 and T-44 trainers — from Corpus Christi to Fort Worth.

Any remaining aircraft would be placed in hangars.

About 10,000 base personnel at Corpus Christi — flight students, their families, instructors and contractors — were heading to the Dallas area.

Around 1,500 flight students and instructors at Kingsville ​were evacuated to the Forth Worth area, Clarke said.​

​Energy companies — including Royal Dutch Shell, Anadarko Petroleum and Exxon Mobil — also began evacuating offshore oil and gas platforms in Harvey’s path. ​

It’s expected to come ashore in an area of Texas where nearly a fifth of the country’s crude oil is produced offshore, Reuters reported.



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