ROANOKE, Va. – Hurricane Harvey was the one to break the major hurricane drought in the U.S. prior to Friday night.
A major hurricane, category 3 or stronger, had not made landfall in the U.S. since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
Harvey became the first Category 4 to strike the U.S. since Hurricane Charley made landfall in Florida in 2004. Since 1961, only five hurricanes have made landfall as a Category 4 or 5 storm.
Even has Harvey's winds are decreasing as the storm moves inland, the flash flood threat is increasing. Harvey will park itself over Texas for days, bringing with it life-threatening flooding.
As of 6 a.m. Saturday, Victoria, Texas, has already picked up more than 17 inches of rain, with more than that to come by late next week.
Some places in Texas may pick up more than a year's worth of rain in less than a week's time.