08:30 LRN Newscast August 26

Hurricane Harvey’s maximum sustained winds are down to 80-miles per hour, a category one storm that is expected to become a tropical storm later today in southeast Texas. Seth Warthen, with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, says Harvey is not expected to move much over the next couple of days…
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The latest forecast track from the National Hurricane Center shows Harvey as a Tropical Depression and still in southeast Texas on Thursday morning.

The biggest impact for the Bayou State is rainfall. Six to 15 inches of rain could fall in southwest Louisiana between now and Thursday morning. North Louisiana could see 1 to 2 inches, central Louisiana two to six inches.

Flooding is a concern in southwest Louisiana as rain bands from Hurricane Harvey are expected to whip across that part of the state over the next few days. Rebecca Broussard is the director of homeland security and emergency preparedness in Vermilion Parish….
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Hundreds of cattle in that part of the state have been moved to higher ground.

Get ready to pay for higher gas prices, because Harvey shut down refinieries along the Texas coast….
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Don Redman with Triple-A says the current statewide average is $2.16, up two cents from yesterday.