Harvey weakens, flooding threat remains dangerous

Visible satellite imagery shortly before Harvey made landfall Friday evening.

While the scariest parts of this hurricane are over for many, the worst is yet to come. Harvey is now expected to produce staggering rainfall totals as high as 30 to 40 inches over the next 4 days. 

Computer models estimated rainfall totals through Wednesday

Harvey came ashore as a category 4 hurricane, packing winds as high as 140 mph in Rockport. It has been reported that many structures collapsed in Rockport, with many more suffering structural damage from Harvey's impact. 

As bad as it may seem, or may have seemed to those riding it out in the path of this storm, the most dangerous aspect of this hurricane is yet to come. Widespread, potentially catastrophic flooding is expected to occur for southeast Texas and the coastal regions, as Harvey will move inland, stall out and drop rain for the next 4 days or more for Texas. 

Expected track of Harvey as it moves over land the next few days

Looking at the projected path of Harvey, it is unusual to see such a small cone, especially after landfall. This is a big reason why Harvey is remaining such a threat even after it downgrades.

Many are wondering, particularly those in central Texas and Houston, where Harvey is. The impacts expected to be felt in these areas were not meant to be from the initial impact, but rather the stalled out storm and torrential rainfall expected in some areas. Flooding will be the primary threat from Harvey throughout the weekend for potentially millions of people. Don't think this storm is over. For some, the worst of it is beginning.

You can keep up with the latest on Harvey from the National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

 


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