Tropical Storm Harvey made another landfall over southwestern Louisiana around 2 AM Central Time Wednesday, making it the third official landfall in five days.
Maximum sustained winds were at 45 miles-per-hour (MPH) as it came onshore near Constance Beach, Louisiana.
Winds, however, were not the main focus with the storm this time, unlike last Friday’s first and second landfalls over southeast Texas, which ravaged areas in and around Port Aransas with Category Four hurricane wind speeds exceeding 130 MPH. Harvey’s main impact, of course, has been heavy rainfall, with virtually every southeast Texas rain record broken by the storm’s deluge that’s brought as much as 51 inches of rain to the Lone Star State, creating an historically catastrophic situation in America’s seventh-largest metropolitan area.
As of Tuesday night, the death toll in Harris County, where Houston lies, was up to 18. Virtually every roadway is closed due to flooding, both of the city’s airports are closed indefinitely, and schools are out for at least the remainder of the week.
The good news: this is expected to be the final landfall for the historic storm, which was starting to move away from Houston and parts of southeast Texas as of Wednesday morning. It’s moving northeast and as it does so, it’s expected to finally begin to accelerate and alleviate the hardest-hit locations along the Gulf Coast. Quicker movement should lead to lesser rainfall totals, coupled with Harvey losing access to the moisture-rich Gulf of Mexico that brought the firehose of moisture to Texas and Louisiana.
That said, some locally higher amounts could pile up in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas before moving into the Ohio River valley this weekend.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this storm.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologists Meredith Garofalo and Chris Bianchi