Though the storm had weakened, danger was not yet over. As Harvey continued on its path across the Caribbean, it suddenly began to grow in strength on August 24. Over the next two days it intensified to a tropical storm and then to a hurricane, rapidly gaining category four status.
On August 25, Harvey made landfall in Rockport, Texas. It was the first major hurricane to hit the U.S. in 12 years and the strongest since 2004. And although the Lone Star State has endured major hurricanes in the past, rarely has it experienced one of this intensity.
As Harvey touched ground at around 10:00 p.m. in Rockport, Texas, it brought with it devastating winds. Gusts were recorded of up to 132mph, destroying entire blocks in its path. The local courthouse was punctured by flying debris, while one high school’s gymnasium sustained extensive damage.