Harvey Expected to Make Landfall as a Major Hurricane

Updated 11/17/17: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a press release titled: HUD Provides $5 Billion to Help Texas Recover From Hurricane Harvey.

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Updated 11/2/17: Fannie Mae issued Lender Letter LL-2017-09: Fannie Mae Extends Modification for Disaster Relief and Other Clarifications for Mortgage Loans Impacted by Disaster Events.

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Updated 11/2/17: Freddie Mac issued a release outlining the expansion of its requirements for mortgages held by borrowers whose mortgaged premises or places of employment are located in any eligible disaster area designated on or after August 25, 2017.

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Updated 10/27/17: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a press release titled HUD Cuts Red Tape to Speed Hurricane Recovery.

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Updated 10/24/17: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued an update titled USDA Foreclosure Moratoriums Extended for Areas Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

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Updated 10/23/17: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a change to Circular 26-17-23 that extends the established moratorium on foreclosures following Hurricane Harvey.

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Updated 10/23/17: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a press release titled FHA Extends Foreclosure Relief for Homeowners Impacted by Recent Hurricanes.

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Updated 10/20/17:
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a press release titled HUD Allocates Additional $58 Million to Help Texas Recover From Hurricane Harvey.

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Updated 10/18/17: Fannie Mae issued a release announcing the availability of updated hurricane relief Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

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Updated 10/16/17: FEMA issued a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Louisiana affected by Tropical Storm Harvey from August 27 to September 10, 2017.

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Updated 10/11/17: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey between August 23 and September 15, 2017. 

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Updated 10/4/17: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a letter from Secretary Ben Carson to the people of Texas outlining relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

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Updated 10/2/17: FEMA has provided a web page providing procedural information in regard to the formal disaster declaration process.

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Updated 9/27/17: Fannie Mae issued a news release titled Fannie Mae Invoicing Is Here; Disaster Assistance Resources; New Quarterly Compass; and More.

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Updated 9/25/17: Freddie Mac issued FHLMC Guide Bulletin 2017-21: Extension of Certain Hurricane-Related Requirements and Property Inspection Reimbursement for Eligible Disaster Areas.

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Updated 9/21/17: Fannie Mae issued Lender Letter LL-2017-07: Reimbursement for Property Inspections and Additional Servicing-Related Reminders.

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Updated 9/20/17: The office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a press release titled Governor Abbott Extends Disaster Declaration For Texas Counties Impacted By Hurricane Harvey.

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NOTE: This declaration is independent from any FEMA Declared Disaster.

Updated 9/19/17: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey August 23 to September 15, 2017.

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Updated 9/15/17: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey beginning August 23, 2017 and continuing. The amendment closes the incident period on September 15, 2017.

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Updated 9/14/17: The office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a press release titled Governor Abbott Adds Counties and Extends His Disaster Proclamation.

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NOTE: This declaration is independent from any FEMA Declared Disaster.

Updated 9/4/17: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey beginning August 23, 2017 and continuing.

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Updated 9/11/17: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued FHA INFO #17-39: Guidance for FHA-Approved Mortgagees and Servicers Regarding Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Areas.

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Updated 9/1/17: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey beginning August 23, 2017 and continuing.

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Updated 9/1/17: ABC News published a report titled More Fires Expected at Texas Chemical Plant, Federal Investigation Launched.

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Updated 8/31/17: Fannie Mae issued Lender Letter LL-2017-04: Selling Policies for Mortgage Loans Impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

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Updated 8/31/17: FEMA issued an update to an Emergency Management Declaration for areas in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey beginning on August 27, 2017 and continuing.

Note: This has not yet been declared a Presidential Major Disaster.

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Updated 8/31/17: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a release titled FEMA Housing Vouchers Available for REO Properties.

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Updated 8/31/17: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a release titled Servicing Relief to Borrowers Affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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Updated 8/31/17:
ABC News published a report titled Texas chemical plant braces for explosions, fires after Hurricane Harvey as 'noxious' smoke rises.

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Updated 8/30/17: The Weather Channel published an article titled Tropical Depression Harvey Trekking Inland With Flood Threat From the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley

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Updated 8/30/17: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey beginning August 23, 2017 and continuing.

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Updated 8/29/17: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued Circular 26-17-23: Special Relief Following Hurricane Harvey.

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Updated 8/29/17: Fannie Mae issued an update containing Lender Letter LL-2017-03: Servicing Policies for Mortgage Loans Impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

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Updated 8/29/17: Freddie Mac issued Servicing Guide Bulletin 2017-14. Included is updated information relating to servicer property inspections located in an eligible disaster area as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

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Updated 8/28/17: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a press release titled HUD Announces Disaster Assistance for Victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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Updated 8/28/17: Please see below for approximate areas designated as hardest hit in preliminary reports:

Texas
Houston (Harris County)
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Rockport (Aransas County, 78381, 78382)
Port Aransas (Nueces County, 78373)

The Weather Channel published an article titled Harvey Forces New Evacuations in Texas as Waterways Burst Banks in Houston-Area Flood.

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Updated 8/28/17: FEMA issued an Emergency Management Declaration for areas in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey August 27 to September 10, 2017.

Note: This has not yet been declared a Presidential Major Disaster.

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Updated 8/28/17: The office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a press release titled Governor Abbott Again Adds Additional Counties for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Declaration.

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NOTE: This declaration is independent from any FEMA Declared Disaster.

Updated 8/27/17: The office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a press release titled Governor Abbott Adds Additional Counties for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Declaration.

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NOTE: This declaration is independent from any FEMA Declared Disaster.

Updated 8/27/17: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey beginning August 23, 2017 and continuing.

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Updated 8/26/17: The office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a press release titled Governor Abbott Adds 20 Texas Counties To State Disaster Declaration.

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This declaration is independent from any FEMA Declared Disaster. 
 
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Updated 8/25/17: Freddie Mac issued a press release titled Freddie Mac Confirms Disaster Relief Policies as Hurricane Harvey Approaches Texas.

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Updated 8/25/17: Fannie Mae issued a news release titled Fannie Mae Reminds Homeowners and Servicers of Mortgage Assistance Options for Gulf Coast Area Impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

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Updated 8/25/17: FEMA issued a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey beginning August 23, 2017 and continuing.

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Please see below for initial information provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAAA) National Hurricane Center (NHC) in regard to the system's projected path. To access a ZIP Code list outlining coastal counties currently under various advisories, click the on the listed state.

Texas

Hurricane Warning
Calhoun
Jackson
Kenedy
Kleberg
Matagorda
Nueces
Refugio
San Patricio
Victoria
Willacy

Tropical Storm Warning
Brazoria
Chambers

Tropical Storm Warning/Hurricane Watch
Cameron

Source: NHC (Coastal Watches/Warnings and Forecast Cone for Storm Center)

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Safeguard Properties MapAlert Analysis Service (NHC Hurricane Harvey projected approximate total cone ZIP Code list)

Office of the Texas Governor/Greg Abbott (Governor Abbott Declares State of Disaster For 30 Texas Counties in Anticipation Of Tropical Depression Harvey Making Landfall)

NOTE: This declaration is independent from any FEMA Declared Disaster.

Hurricane Harvey is expected to hit Texas as a Category 3 storm — the likes of which haven't been seen since 1999's Hurricane Bret — when it makes landfall late Friday or early Saturday, forecasters say.

The storm strengthened to a hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, on Thursday afternoon.

The storm's surge could be life threatening, up to 10 feet, with waves as high as 20 feet above that. Rain is expected to range from 10 to 20 inches, and some areas could receive up to 30 inches. Perilous flash flooding and 115 mph gusts are possible.

"Harvey is expected to landfall around 1 a.m. Saturday, based on the current track," ABC News meteorologist Melissa Griffin said, adding that more time over water could increase the storm's strength. "If it had another day or two, it could be a higher category."

The storm is being compared with not only Hurricane Bret but also the devastating Tropical Storm Allison, which in 2001 punished Houston with 40 inches of rain.

The biggest worry with Hurricane Harvey is that it's expected to stall over southeast Texas, Griffin said.

"When it does make landfall, it is expected to ... not move for several days, which is why we expect the rainfall to be the most devastating," Griffin said. "Some spots could receive over 30 inches."

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Corpus Chisti's newly elected Mayor Joe McComb told residents not to dismiss Harvey and to heed requests for voluntary evacuations.

"We encourage the residents in low-lying areas as they say, 'to get out of Dodge,'" the mayor said.

McComb stressed that flooding alone could cut off electricity and water from homes in the area. "Go to a family, friend and get to higher ground," he said.

He left open the possibility of calling for mandatory evacuations, cautioning against trying to "ride [the storm] out."

"I'm not going to risk our fire people and police people to risk themselves to get somebody out of the home," he said. "They got relatives and they got family and we don't want to put them in harm's way because someone wanted to stay in their home."

Meanwhile, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz posted on Facebook, asking his followers to keep "all those in the path of this storm in your thoughts and prayers."

The lawmaker urged Texans in the storm's predicted path to "heed warnings from local officials, know your evacuation route and avoid all high-water areas" and not to underestimate Mother Nature.

"This is a serious storm, with strong winds and what forecasters have predicted will potentially be a historic amount of rainfall that will significantly raise the risk of serious and life-threatening flooding," Cruz said.

On Wednesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott warned of "severe flooding" and declared a state of disaster for 30 counties along the coastline.

Lt. Craig Cummings of the Texas Department of Public Safety told ABC News that people need to take precautions in case the worst happens.

"The best thing that I tell my own family, but I also tell professionally, is to prepare," he said, encouraging people to have a physical map on hand.

In neighboring Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a statewide emergency declaration Thursday. Southwest Louisiana could see up to 10 inches of rain from the storm.

The governor added that while plans to evacuate people are ready, "hopefully we don't have to execute those plans."

ABC News' Will Gretsky contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Source: ABC News

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