Photos: Texas Gulf Coast braces for Hurricane Harvey

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. Texas and Louisiana are bracing for impact, with stores running out of essential supplies.

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A satellite image taken on August 24, 2017 shows storm activity off the south east coast of the US. A major storm, Harvey is expected to target Texas and Louisiana taking aim at the heart of nation’s oil refining industry. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) warns of a potential for ‘life threatening’ floods once the hurricane makes landfall. The NHC said Harvey could hit as a powerful Category 3, with winds of 209 kms per hour. (NOAA-NASA GOES Project / AFP)

A satellite image taken on August 24, 2017 shows storm activity off the south east coast of the US. A major storm, Harvey is expected to target Texas and Louisiana taking aim at the heart of nation’s oil refining industry. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) warns of a potential for ‘life threatening’ floods once the hurricane makes landfall. The NHC said Harvey could hit as a powerful Category 3, with winds of 209 kms per hour. (NOAA-NASA GOES Project / AFP)

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Buddy Cooper (L) and Patrick Gesner, commanding officer of the Salvation Army in Corpus Christi receive supplies of water and clean-up kits in preparation for Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas. Forecasters said storm surge along with rains and wind were likely as Hurricane Harvey was intensifying faster than previously forecast -- the likes of which haven’t been seen since 1999’s Hurricane Bret. (Rachel Denny Clow / Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

Buddy Cooper (L) and Patrick Gesner, commanding officer of the Salvation Army in Corpus Christi receive supplies of water and clean-up kits in preparation for Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas. Forecasters said storm surge along with rains and wind were likely as Hurricane Harvey was intensifying faster than previously forecast -- the likes of which haven’t been seen since 1999’s Hurricane Bret. (Rachel Denny Clow / Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

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Ken Knox secures a friend's boat at the Corpus Christi Marina in preparation for Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas. The rise in sea level could be up to 12 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 of downpour. (Rachel Denny Clow / Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

Ken Knox secures a friend's boat at the Corpus Christi Marina in preparation for Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas. The rise in sea level could be up to 12 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 of downpour. (Rachel Denny Clow / Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

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A shopper finds empty shelves on the bottled water section inside the Kroger store on in preparation of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Civilians and emergency services have begun stockpiling essential supplies in anticipation of the hurricane. (Godofredo A. Vasquez / Houston Chronicle via AP)

A shopper finds empty shelves on the bottled water section inside the Kroger store on in preparation of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Civilians and emergency services have begun stockpiling essential supplies in anticipation of the hurricane. (Godofredo A. Vasquez / Houston Chronicle via AP)

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Scott Martin places a sheet of plywood as he helps board up windows in preparation for Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas. Two counties have ordered mandatory evacuations as Hurricane Harvey gathers strength as it drifts toward the Texas Gulf Coast. The strength of the winds, and rain may be catastrophic as the hurricane is expected to stall over southeastern Texas for a couple of days. (Eric Gay / AP)

Scott Martin places a sheet of plywood as he helps board up windows in preparation for Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas. Two counties have ordered mandatory evacuations as Hurricane Harvey gathers strength as it drifts toward the Texas Gulf Coast. The strength of the winds, and rain may be catastrophic as the hurricane is expected to stall over southeastern Texas for a couple of days. (Eric Gay / AP)

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Martin Quintanilla fills sandbags as he and other residents prepare for Hurricane Harvey. Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in 30 counties along the Gulf of Mexico. Abbott on Thursday activated 700 members of the Texas Army Guard, Texas Air National Guard and the Texas State Guard in as a precautionary measure. (Eric Gay / AP)

Martin Quintanilla fills sandbags as he and other residents prepare for Hurricane Harvey. Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in 30 counties along the Gulf of Mexico. Abbott on Thursday activated 700 members of the Texas Army Guard, Texas Air National Guard and the Texas State Guard in as a precautionary measure. (Eric Gay / AP)

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Motorists in Houston pass a sign warning of Hurricane Harvey as the storm intensifies in the Gulf of Mexico. Harvey is forecast to be a major hurricane when it makes landfall along the middle Texas coastline Friday. (David J. Phillip / AP)

Motorists in Houston pass a sign warning of Hurricane Harvey as the storm intensifies in the Gulf of Mexico. Harvey is forecast to be a major hurricane when it makes landfall along the middle Texas coastline Friday. (David J. Phillip / AP)

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