Chinese Consulate General in Houston sends hurricane warning

Updated 2017-08-26 06:47:27 Xinhua

Consulate general of China in Houston issued an emergency warning Friday, asking Chinese citizens in Texas to be prepared as Hurricane Harvey is expected a landfall Friday night.

Hurricane Harvey has intensified into a powerful category 3 storm, with maximum sustained winds reaching 120 mph (193.11 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Friday

Published on its official website, the warning urged all Chinese including students and tourists in the coastal area of Texas to take precautious measures.

According to the consulate, people need to prepare food, water, medicine and other necessary goods at home. Personal belongings and IDs should be securely stored. Furthermore, people are recommended to closely follow the weather forecast and orders issued by local government.

Consulate General of China will provide any necessary help to people in need, said the Consulate general.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday said in a press conference in Austin that President Donald Trump promised to offer federal resources to Texas ahead of Hurricane Harvey's arrival.

The federal support would be available to help the state assist in preparation, rescue and recovery efforts.

The storm system has prompted officials to issue voluntary and mandatory evacuations of some coastal areas, school districts to postpone a return to classes and local governments to brace for life-threatening floods that could last through Monday.

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