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Harvey Forecast to be a Major Hurricane at Landfall

24 Aug 2017, 10:21 am

Data from Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicates that Tropical Storm Harvey is quickly strengthening and the cyclone’s structure has improved markedly. Due to the intensification this morning, Harvey is now forecast to be a major hurricane at landfall. The storm will likely bring a life-threatening storm surge, rainfall, and wind hazards to portions of the Texas coast. Preparations to protect life and property should be completed by tonight, as tropical-storm-force winds will first arrive in the hurricane and storm surge warning areas on Friday.

Harvey is located about 365 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, TX, moving to the north-northwest at 10 mph. Current winds are at 65 mph, with gusts to around 75 mph. Pressures are falling and Hurricane Hunters are reporting a closed 15 to 20 mile wide eye.

Harvey is expected to continue a northwesterly path to the Texas coast. A Hurricane Warning has been issued along the coast from Port Mansfield to Matagorda, TX. There is a Tropical Storm Warning north of Matagorda to High Island, TX and south of Port Mansfield to the Mouth of the Rio Grande. Hurricane conditions are likely within the hurricane warning area late Friday or Friday night, with tropical storm conditions expected to first reach the coast in the hurricane warning area Friday. Peak winds may reach 115 mph at landfall.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for much of the Texas coast south of Galveston, with watches for Galveston and Houston. Life-threatening storm surge flooding could reach heights of 6 to 10 feet above ground level at the coast between the north entrance of the Padre Island National Seashore and Sargent.

More than two feet of rain is possible in Texas as Harvey makes landfall and slowly moves through the state. The heaviest rain will fall on the east side of the storm, aided by high humidity streaming into the storm from southeast winds off the Gulf of Mexico.

Stayed tuned to WeatherNation on-air, online and on social media for the latest information on Harvey.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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