The FLOODING THREAT has just started – Hurricane Harvey





from www.tropicaltidbits.com “Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas late Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane. As the storm drifts inland, winds are diminishing, but remain dangerous, with hurricane force wind gusts still possible near the storm core today. The storm surge threat along the coast is not over, as strong onshore flow southeast of Harvey’s center could keep water levels well above normal for some time yet, and a Storm Surge Warning remains in effect for a portion of the Texas coastline.

While Harvey will weaken like any hurricane that moves over land, this unfortunately is only the beginning of the flooding threat for SE Texas. Hurricanes can drop copious rainfall for days after landfall, and in this case, Harvey is not expected to move much at all over the next several days. Current forecasts suggest that Harvey could be barely 100 miles from its current location by next Thursday. This is forecast to result in heavy rainfall of unprecedented magnitude for such a large area, with widespread storm totals of 15-30 inches, and isolated amounts up to 40 inches. This will likely result in catastrophic flooding in portions of SE Texas. Rainfall and flooding can vary greatly from place to place, and some locales will be luckier than others, but it’s not possible to know in advance which specific locations will see the worst problems. Don’t drive in your car if there is a flood warning for your area or it is raining heavily. The majority of flood-related fatalities are due to people getting stuck in their vehicles. You are vastly safer inside a structure.

Isolated tornadoes are also possible, especially in the outer bands north and east of Harvey’s center, and some tornadoes have indeed been reported in the Houston area since last night. These tornadoes are typically harder to see coming than “normal” tornadoes, as they are often moving quickly and wrapped in rain. Keep your weather radio on listening for tornado and flash flood warnings.

Do not assume that it’s safe to begin moving around and driving until your local officials say so. This is not a normal storm, and your local area could be hazardous for many days.

Hang in there and stay safe everyone. There is a long road ahead.”

Stay safe.

God bless everyone,

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Flooding disaster to continue in Texas as Harvey lingers for days

Reports of flooding, damage and power outages are increasing.
“Harvey is likely to be a multi-billion-dollar disaster,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, Texas, on Friday night. Harvey was the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Texas since Carla arrived near Port O’Connor on Sept. 11, 1961. Wilma, in October 2005, was the last major hurricane to make landfall in the United States. Charley, in August of 2004 was the last Category 4 hurricane to hit the U.S. Both Wilma and Charley made landfall in Florida.
Harvey remained a Category 1 hurricane as of 10 a.m. CDT, Saturday, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and higher gusts. Forward speed dropped to 2 mph.

Extreme impacts are likely from Corpus Christi to Huntsville and Beaumont, Texas, and perhaps as far to the east as Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Houston metro area is likely to experience major problems related to flooding.
Moderate to extreme impacts from rain and wind may extend as far inland as San Antonio and Austin, Texas.
Isolated impacts are likely as far to the south as Brownsville, Texas.
Isolated tornadoes will add to the danger of flooding from Harvey this weekend.

“Even though Harvey will slowly unravel this weekend, it may be still classified as a tropical storm through Tuesday,” Kottlowski said.
Rainfall of 10-20 inches will be common. Some locations may receive between 2 and 3 feet of rain. Flooding is likely to extend well beyond urban areas, and may also affect portions of Interstate 10, and I-45.

Rainfall of this magnitude will result in long-duration catastrophic flooding, and major travel and commerce disruptions.
Even though rain may taper off or become more sporadic during the middle of the week, some communities may remain under water for days. Rising rivers may lead to new flooding next week in areas spared this weekend. Water levels on the rivers in the region are projected to reach major to record flood stage.

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