Harvey has officially moved inland as a major category 4 hurricane. The National Hurricane Center declared the landfall around 10 p.m. cdt Friday. At landfall the hurricane was producing maximum sustained winds of 135 miles per hour with higher gusts. The main message from the NHC is that catastrophic flooding is expected around the storm’s center due to storm surge and incredible rainfall amounts.
As of midday Saturday, the storm had decreased in intensity to a tropical storm, but there are many hazards that lie ahead.
Harvey is forecast to linger in southeast Texas for the next several days, possibly as a tropical system the whole time. The “forecast cone” is an unusual shape as Harvey will meander over Texas for the next several days.
Flash flooding will continue to be a great concern with torrential rainfall amounts expected through the coming days. Life threatening flash flooding will occur, and safety of those still int he area will become extremely dangerous.
The images coming in following Harvey’s landfall are tragic. We’ll have more updates as the storm approaches land Friday. Stay with WeatherNation for continuing coverage.