Harvey reaches Category 4

Harvey has strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane and continues heading towards the mid-Texas coast. According to the National Weather Service, periods of heavy rainfall are expected for several days. Forecasts call for 15-20 inches possible through Wednesday. This will be a dangerous flooding event for most of the region, if the forecast holds. Timing remains uncertain so it is important to remain informed and follow the recommendations of local officials.

After landfall, the storm is expected to linger on the Texas coastline for several days and possibly drift in the direction of Houston.  

Numerous warnings are in effect:

  • A Tropical Storm Wind Warning has been issued for much of southeast Texas, including Houston and Galveston.
  • A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for coastal sections of Matagorda, Galveston and Brazoria counties. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Chambers and Harris counties.
  • A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for most of southeast Texas through Monday morning.
  • A Hurricane Wind Warning has been issued for the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to Sargent.

If you should be driving and encounter high water over the next few days, don’t try driving through it.  At best, you could total your car.  At worst, you could lose your life.  Flooding causes more hurricane deaths than high winds.

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