The hurricane that forecasters have been worried about allseason is finally here.

Hurricane Harvey is expected to be the first Category 3 stormand the biggest to hit the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Wilma struckFlorida in October 2005. It’s also the strongest hurricane to hit thearea known as the Texas Coastal Bend since Hurricane Celiastruck in August 1970. Many who live and work in the hurricane'spath have no experience with such a natural disaster, and may beunaware of just how devastating it can be.

Protect homes & businesses

The InsuranceCouncil of Texas (ICT) reminds all Texans in the path ofHurricane Harvey to heed evacuation orders. If they haven't done soalready, residents also should take steps to protect their homesand businesses.

Harvey is currently a category 2 storm with winds in excess of110 miles per hour, and is expected to be a category 3 when itmakes landfall near Corpus Christi early Saturday morning. GovernorAbbott has already declared a state of emergency for many countiesalong the coast.

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