Harvey Makes Landfall Stronger Than Expected as Category 4 Hurricane

(L-R) National Weather Service satellite map of Hurricane Harvey, Harvey triggers house fires along near I-45 in Texas. (Twitter @I45NOW)

UPDATED: 8/26/17  9:51PM

(SBN) – The remnants Hurricane Harvey – now downgraded to a tropical storm – continues to unleash its fury along the Gulf Coast with torrential rains and sporadic tornadoes in the region.

So far, Harvey is to blame for one death in the city of Rockport, TX, but officials say more casualties are likely.

Catastrophic, life-threatening flooding remains concern in coming days.

 

 

Original post: 8/26/17  7:35AM

(SBN) – Hurricane Harvey lingers over southeast Texas this morning, whipping Gulf Coast states with extremely heavy winds and torrential rain across hundreds and hundreds of miles; that as forecasters dire predictions of life-threatening storm surges loom.

Harvey came a ashore around 10pm near Rockport, TX, 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi as a destructive Category 4 storm clocking winds of 130 mph, in a region houses big oil refineries and chemical plants.   As the storm has settled over the area, it has been downgraded to a Category 1.

The potential for catastrophic flooding exists along the Texas and Louisiana and several points inland.

According to The National Weather Service:

Harvey will continue to move slowly northwest today across South Texas.  

Harvey will slow down further tonight and Sunday and the center will
likely stall between Goliad and Cuero in Texas.

Catastrophic life-threatening flooding is still expected due to the
heavy rainfall that is expected over the next several days. As much as
20 to 30 inches of rainfall with isolated 40 inches will be possible
across eastern portions of South Texas, mainly east of a line from
Rockport to Goliad. 

Harvey came ashore as the strongest US hurricane since Katrina in 2005, and the strongest to hit Texas in over 50 years.

Hundreds of thousands people heeded warnings to evacuate inland.

Twitter captures some early effects of the the storm #HurricaneHarvey

 

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