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Tropical depression forms in Gulf of Mexico

System expected to strengthen into Hurricane Harvey

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HOUSTON – Former Tropical Storm Harvey has restrengthened into a tropical depression that is forecast to dump heavy rains on the Gulf Coast and become a hurricane by the time it hits Texas on Friday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Wednesday that Harvey is likely to intensify as it moves over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and deliver heavy rain to parts of eastern Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches are expected over the middle and upper Texas coast and southwest Louisiana through next Tuesday.

The hurricane center has announced a hurricane watch for the Texas coast from north of San Luis Pass to High Island, and warns of possibly dangerous flooding.

At 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Harvey was located 460 miles southeast of Port Mansfield, Texas. It was moving northwest at about 2 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

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