Harvey Reforms in Gulf of Mexico

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Harvey Update from the National Hurricane Center at 10am cdt 8/23/17:

At 1000 AM CDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Harvey was located near latitude 21.5 North, longitude 92.5 West. The depression is moving toward the northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h) and a track toward the northwest or north-northwest is expected for the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, Harvey should be approaching the Texas coast late Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Harvey could become a hurricane on Friday.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft recently reported a minimum central pressure of 1006 mb (29.71 inches).

Key Messages from the National Hurricane Center:

  • Harvey is likely to bring multiple hazards to portions of the Texas coast beginning on Friday.
  • Several days of heavy rainfall are likely across portions of eastern Texas, Louisiana, and the lower Mississippi Valley from Friday through early next week. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flooding. Please refer to products from your local National Weather Service office (www.weather.gov) and the NOAA Weather Prediction Center (www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov) for more information on the flooding hazard.
  • The National Weather Service has issued a Storm Surge Watch from Port Mansfield to High Island, Texas. There is the possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline during the next 48 hours in these areas. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov
  • The Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map will also be available on the NHC website by 1200 PM CDT. Remember that the Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map does not represent a forecast of expected inundation, but rather depicts a reasonable worst-case scenario – the amount of inundation that has a 10 percent chance of being exceeded at each individual location. Because the Flooding Map is based on inputs that extend out only to about 72 hours, it best represents the flooding potential in those locations within the watch area
  • Hurricane conditions are possible along the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass.

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