18:30 Newscast August 25

Harvey is now a major hurricane closing in on the Texas coast and growing in strength. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the National Hurricane Center has Harvey meandering inland in Texas over the weekend but then shifting towards Louisiana.

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Keim says 5 to 15 inches of rain is expected to fall in Louisiana.

AAA projects Harvey could also drive up prices at the pump. Spokesperson Don Redman says refineries are shutting down as they prepare for the storm, which will impact supply.

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The statewide average is currently $2.14 a gallon.

Rice farmers are bracing for Harvey, which experts say could damage the remaining crop. LSU AgCenter rice specialist Dustin Harrel says this year’s crop was already subpar, and flooding could cause additional problems with the new crop.

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On Saturday, American Humane will show off a new animal rescue vehicle in Walker. President and CEO Robin Ganzert says the 50-foot truck carries equipment and supplies. It can also shelter up to 100 pets and house emergency responders.

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A grant from the Walmart Foundation and Ellen DeGeneres covered the cost of the truck, which will be at Z-Time Fitness on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm.