Hurricane Harvey to Cause Major Flooding
Hurricane Harvey, just yesterday in the making, became a full-blown hurricane, Category 4 as it struck Texas late last night. It has since been reduced to a Category 1 and downgraded to a tropical storm. However, heavy rains are predicted to stick around in the coming days ahead. Major flooding is expected in many parts of Texas and Louisiana.
Harvey Made Landfall Near Rockport
Hurricane Harvey first hit landfall near Rockport, Texas with winds of 130 mph. The winds have now declined to 75 mph. It is predicted that Harvey will stick around early into next week and this is what will result in catastrophic flooding. Not only the flooding and winds, but tornadoes are also a threat.
The center of circulation is located near Victoria, Texas. This is roughly 50 miles from where it made landfall last evening. Rainfall totals of more than 10 inches have already accumulated in southeast Texas while 14.46 inches of rain has dropped near Austwell. Heavy rain h
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as gone as far north as Austin. Bands of heavy rain have caused flash flood warnings around the Houston metro area where rain has been dropping at one to three inches per hour.
Hurricane warnings continue for inland locations near the center of Harvey’s circulation. Tropical storm warnings are still in effect from Baffin Bay to High Island, Texas. This includes the cities of Houston and Galveston.