(KSLA) - Harvey continues churning in the Gulf of Mexico as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane as it makes landfall in Texas.
As of 9 p.m Friday, Harvey was located about 30 miles east-northeast of Corpus Christi, TX with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph with higher gusts. It was moving northwest at 8 mph.
Just before 9 p.m., President Donald Trump tweeted that he had signed the disaster proclamation for the state of Texas. This grants the state federal aid.
The hurricane is the President's first natural disaster in office.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards held a news briefing from GOHSEP on the state's preparations for the storm early Thursday afternoon, announcing a state of emergency has been declared as the storm bears down on the Texas coast and forecasts indicate heavy rain for parts of Louisiana.
"While this storm is currently directed at Texas, with the landfall projected to be centered around Corpus Christi, I always ask to prepare and to pray," said Gov. Edwards. "In this case we pray not just for ourselves and that the impacts of the storm be minimum but also for our neighbors in Texas."