Hurricane Harvey Continues to Strengthen Ahead of Landfall in Texas! (Photo Credit: National Hurricane Center)
Hurricane Harvey is currently churning near the east coast of Texas. As of Friday morning, Harvey has maximum sustained winds near 110 mph and further intensification is still forecasted. Harvey is a strong category 2 hurricane but may be a major hurricane before making landfall. This major storm is going to make landfall late Friday evening; however, it will stall over the Texas coast. Part of the circulation may remain over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico which may make weakening slower than normal. Once Harvey starts to pull away from Texas, he will go back to the Gulf of Mexico and continue eastward. The track post-landfall is high in uncertainty so stay tuned for more updates. Expected rainfall amounts remain very high where some locations can expect over 20 inches of rain. Along with storm surge and rainfall, tornadoes are also a threat as Harvey makes its way inland. Voluntary evacuations have been issued for areas located in the flood risk area. Texas governor has declared a State of Disaster ahead of Harvey. Gas stations have been reporting fuel shortages. Local oil rigs have been evacuated. Louisiana has already started making preparations for nearly 7 inches of rain in the southwest area of the state.
People need to be making the appropriate preparations for prolonged storm surge and rainfall.
Stay tuned for more updates on Hurricane Harvey here!
ⓒ 2017 Meteorologist Brandie Cantrell