Hurricane Harvey Expected to Bring ‘Historic Devastation’
I’ve read that there could be 5 straight days of rain and rain fall amounts of anywhere from 5 to as much as 12 feet of rain in some area. That doesn’t even sound possible, scary stuff! I hope that everyone in the areas to be affected have heeded the warnings and evacuated.
A storm meteorologists are referencing as packing ‘historic devastation’ is moving northwest through warm water in the Gulf of Mexico and is on track to intensify into a major Category 3 hurricane as Texas and Louisiana prepare for landfall in the overnight hours of Friday into Saturday.
The exact track and final intensity of Hurricane Harvey reamins uncertain, but landfall is expected between Corpus Christi and Galveston, TX, with widespread and catastrophic flooding rain for eastern Texas and Louisiana.
After reaching the Texas Gulf Coast, Harvey is expected to stall just inland of the coast and then slowly drift northeast along the coastline during the weekend and into early next week. This will produce a prolonged flooding rain event with the threat for widespread totals of 300-600 mm with local amounts of 800+ mm possible across southeast Texas, including Houston, and parts of Louisiana.
If Harvey maintains wind speeds of 177 km/h or higher as it makes landfall, this will be the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States in nearly 12 years. The last U.S. landfall of a major hurricane was Hurricane Wilma, which crossed over southern Florida on October 24, 2005, as a Category 5 major hurricane with sustained winds of 190 km/h.
High surf could also contribute to the major flooding, especially along coastal areas of Texas anywhere from Corpus Christi to Houston which will face dangerous storm surge.
Additionally, The National Hurricane Centre said in an advisory early Friday that Harvey could produce isolated tornadoes along the Texas coast.
This is what hurricane Harvey looks like from space:
Space View of Harvey Video credit NASA