Corpus Christi bishop: remember those who can't flee Hurricane Harvey

Catholic News Agency | 8/25/2017 | Staff
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Corpus Christi, Texas, Aug 25, 2017 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Hurricane Harvey approached, the Bishop of Corpus Christi was preparing to ride out the storm. He urged the country to remember that many people are forced to stay, especially the poorest.

“We have among us those who are not able to leave the city. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to stay as well: to be here present,” Bishop Michael Mulvey told CNA Aug. 25, encouraging everyone to help them as much as possible.

Ahead - Hurricane - Landfall - Friday - Morning

Ahead of the hurricane’s landfall, he reported the Friday morning winds were gradually strengthening and the storm surge was already approaching the nearby pier.

“The tide is rising. It’s pretty eerie. But the full effect is not here yet, of course,” the bishop reported.

Hurricane - Landfall - Corpus - Christi - Saturday

The hurricane is expected to make landfall near Corpus Christi early Saturday as a Category 3 hurricane or stronger. The National Weather Service predicts sustained winds of at least 110 miles per hour.

The storm will likely stall over Texas, dropping up to 35 inches of rain in parts of the state, the New York Times reports. Heavy flooding is expected.

Bishop - Mulvey - Message - Faithful - Storm

Bishop Mulvey has sent out a message to the faithful, saying he was praying for them. He will spend the storm at his home in an inner room, joined by the diocese’s vicar general and vocation director.

“We’re right on the bay. We’re on the front lines,” the bishop said. “We’ll have to put the shutters down, so we probably won’t be able to see anything when it hits the hardest. We probably won’t have any electricity. We’ll be making a rotation on the watch. I don’t know if anybody is going to sleep anyway.”

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He predicted the three clerics would just spend time visiting and praying.

“We’ll pray the rosary a few times,” he said. “We’ll...
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