Mercury One’s partners need your help.
Prayers are needed.
Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall on the Texas coast as a Category 3 storm late Friday night or early Saturday morning. It has been 18 years since the Texas coast has seen a hurricane of this magnitude, and Harvey will be the worst hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Katrina twelve years ago in 2005.
There will be a major effect for 100 miles inland as the storm comes in. Up to 3 feet of rain is expected in some areas and 125 mph winds that will sustain for 48 hours. Storm surges are expected to be at least 12 feet, with waves cresting at 20 feet.
The effects of this storm are already being felt. Not just in the shortage of supplies, long waits at the gas station, but as of 2:15 Friday afternoon a tornado warning has been issued for Central Galveston County.
The National Guard is already on site. In a phone call with Texas Governor Abbott, President Trump has already pledged support for Texas ahead of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall. Seven counties are under mandatory evacuation and 30 counties along the coast are under a voluntary evacuation. At the time of publication, Hurricane Harvey is expected to stall right along the Texas coast causing rain for days and massive amounts of flooding. Damage caused by this storm is expected to exceed $22 billion.
Mercury One has been in contact with its disaster relief partners. (Learn more at www.mercuryone.org/hurricane-harvey.) Each partner has been in constant communications with Homeland Security, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Texas chapter of the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (TXVOAD). They have been preparing to respond for the last several days and are deploying to the region ASAP with water, blankets, food, supplies, and volunteers.
We hope you will pray with us for those in the path of this mighty storm. We pray for Texas and our nation as we suspect this storm will have a drastic impact on the entirety of the United States.
Stay up to date with what Mercury One and our disaster relief partners are doing at www.mercuryone.org/hurricane-harvey.