Hurricane Harvey update for Mexico and the USA

25 Aug 2017

Harvey will likely bring life-threating weather conditions to much of southeastern Texas and southern Louisiana through August 29. Tropical storm-force winds are forecast to arrive in the hurricane warning area by August 25, with hurricane-force winds likely by the evening hours. Sustained winds of up to 193 kph (120 mph), with gusts over 240 kph (150 mph) are possible, with the strongest winds occurring where the center of circulation makes landfall. Category 3 hurricanes can cause extensive damage to buildings; many trees will be damaged or uprooted. Widespread power and utility outages are almost certain in southeastern Texas, which could persist for several days after landfall. Outages can be expected in the CenterPoint Energy, TNMP, and AEP Texas service areas. Early estimates indicate that over 300,000 customers could be without power. 

In addition to the wind and storm surge, torrential rainfall will likely be a significant threat to the western US Gulf Coast if Harvey stalls over Texas as current forecast models suggest. Widespread accumulations of 30-50 cm (12-20 inches), with localized amounts of over 76 cm (30 inches) are possible through until August 29 in an area roughly bounded by Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Houston. Over 15 cm (6 inches) of rainfall is possible elsewhere throughout much of southeastern Texas and central and southern Louisiana. Lesser amounts of up to 10 cm (4 inches) are forecast for northeastern Tamaulipas State, Mexico, and the lower Mississippi River Valley. The intense rainfall will almost certainly cause flash and areal flooding on roadways, bayous, creeks, and rivers throughout the region. In the Corpus Christi and Greater Houston areas, flash and areal flooding could occur along floodways and in areas where ponding is a regular problem. Areal flooding will also probably be a problem in industrial zones along the north and south banks of the Buffalo Bayou portio #Warning Alert North America.

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