The National Weather Service has released their latest update on Tropical Storm Harvey. It is expected to become at least a category 1 hurricane prior to making landfall along the middle Texas Gulf Coast late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Areas outside of the flood flash flood watch area, which includes the Austin metro area, could see 5 to 10 inches with isolated higher amounts along and east of I-35. Click on download press release for the full Tropical Storm Harvey update.. There remains uncertainty in the forecast track and intensity of Harvey across Texas. Continued changes to the track, intensity, and/or forward speed of Harvey could result in large changes to flooding and wind impacts across South Central Texas. Please monitor local weather reports.
Tropical Storm Harvey Update from the National Weather Service
Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to move to the northwest and approach the Texas coast Friday. The tropical system will bring tropical storm winds and significant, life-threatening heavy rainfall across South Central Texas beginning Friday afternoon and continuing into the weekend. A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Atascosa, Karnes, Wilson, Lavaca, Gonzales, and DeWitt counties. Additionally, a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for parts of South Central Texas including the city of San Antonio. Please refer to the NHC website (www.nhc.noaa.gov) and our local office website (www.weather.gov/sanantonio) for latest information and to follow the evolution of Harvey as it gets closer to the Texas coast.
As of now, the storm total rainfall amounts of 8 to 15 inches are expected east of Interstate 35 with isolated 20 inches possible across counties in the Flash Flood Watch area from Friday afternoon
Tropical storm force winds of 40-50 mph with occasional gusts to 60 mph will be possible within the Tropical Storm Warning area.
There is a low risk of brief tornadoes east of Interstate 35 Friday evening into the weekend associated with tropical rain bands.
Although our area is not in the path of the heaviest rains, you should still prepare. Below are some helpful links on flooding and hurricane preparations.
Flood Safety Tips and Resources
Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources
FEMA Map Service Center
City of Austin - Preparing for a Flood
City of Austin - Flood Safety Tips and Flash Flood Video
NOAA - National Weather Service - Hurricane Preparedness
NOAA - National Weather Service - Flood Safety
Turn Around Don’t Drown
Disaster Supply Kit
Family Communications Plan
National Weather Service Flood Safety Brochure
Flood Insurance Information
Ready.Gov - Preparedness Kit
Ready.Gov - Family Communications Plan
Turn Around Don’t Drown Brochure