Hurricane Harvey’s Real Story Begins: 40 Inches of Rain to Bring Catastrophic Flooding to Southeast Texas
Hurricane Harvey may be weakening as it slows down over Texas, but the concern for catastrophic flooding will persist into next week.
Harvey made landfall Friday night near Rockport, Texas, a town of less than 10,000 people and about 30 miles up the Texas coast from Corpus Christi, after rapidly intensifying in the Gulf of Mexico.
Harvey is the nation’s first major (Category 3 or stronger) hurricane landfall in almost 12 years. A multi-day deluge of the Texas Gulf Coast with catastrophic and life-threatening flooding and destructive winds through could leave areas uninhabitable for an extended period of time, the National Weather Service has warned.
Harvey went from a tropical depression to a major hurricane in 56 hours. It intensified rapidly to a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 130 mph after moving over a pocket of hot water in the Gulf.
Harvey has pushed water 2 to 7 feet above average tide levels near Corpus Christi to Lavaca Bay, and levels are continuing to rise with the onset of high tide.
Harvey is located about 30 miles southwest of Victoria, Texas, moving northwest at around 6 mph.
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Hurricane-force winds (74-plus mph) continue to blast a small part of the Texas Coastal Bend. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
A Texas Coastal Ocean Observing Network station at Aransas Pass reported sustained winds of 102 mph and a wind gust of 132 mph Friday night.
Rainfall amounts of more than 10 inches have already accumulated in southeast Texas, including 16.43 inches near Victoria.