Flooding disaster possible as Hurricane Harvey hits Texas
Harvey has made landfall near Rockport, Texas as a major hurricane and is poised to stall and unleash life-threatening and disastrous flooding into next week.
Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, Texas at 10 p.m. CDT Friday, the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Texas since 1961.
Incidents of flooding and power outages will increase through Friday night and this weekend.
Harvey will have major impact in terms of dangerous surf, beach erosion, coastal flooding and damaging winds. However, Harvey is likely to be remembered for excessive rainfall and days of flooding and gusty winds well after landfall.
The storm strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane early Friday afternoon, then to a Category 4 hurricane on Friday evening. The last hurricane to make landfall in Texas was Ike as a Category 2 on Sept. 13, 2008. Wilma, in 2005, was the last major hurricane to make landfall in the southern U.S.
A state of disaster was declared for 30 counties in Texas in advance of Harvey by Gov. Greg Abbott.President Donald Trump signed a disaster proclamation on Friday evening to help areas impacted by the hurricane.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a statewide state of emergency on Thursday.
The decreasing forward speed of the storm will lead to long-duration rainfall and gusty winds. Harvey will cause much worse damage from flooding and wind than would normally occur from a swift moving storm of equal magnitude.
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