Harvey expected to hit Texas as 'major hurricane'

Harvey is expected make landfall as a "major hurricane," according to the latest forecast data from the National Hurricane Center. The direct impact will be felt along the Texas coast Friday evening into Saturday morning.

A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to Matagorda.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from north of Matagorda to High Island Texas.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass.

The moisture from Harvey is expected to bring widespread heavy rain and flooding to southeast Texas starting Friday and continuing through the weekend. Major flooding is possible.

A prolonged heavy rain event is likely for our area beginning Friday and persisting into early next week. It is likely some areas will see 10-15 inches of rain, with some spots getting over 25 inches.

The NWS has issued a Flash Flood Watch beginning from late tonight through Sunday morning for Jackson, Colorado, Matagorda and Wharton counties. Storms that develop could repeatedly move over the same locations and potentially produce rainfall rates of two to four inches per hour.

As Harvey stalls over southeast Texas, expect more Flood Watches to be issued.

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