Hurricane Harvey Update from the National Weather Service
Harvey continues to strengthen and is now a Category One Hurricane. Harvey is still moving slowly northwestward in the Gulf of Mexico. This northwestward movement is expected to continue and Harvey should approach the Texas coast late Friday into Saturday. Confidence continues to increase for tropical storm winds and a significant heavy rainfall event across South Central Texas beginning Friday afternoon and continuing through Tuesday. Flash flooding and river flooding continue to be the main concerns, mainly within the Tropical Storm Warning and Flash Flood Watch areas.
Hurricane Harvey will produce a life-threatening heavy rainfall event. Storm total rainfall amounts from Friday through Tuesday could be in the 10 to 20 inch range along and east of Interstate 35 with isolated totals in excess of 25 inches possible over areas south of Interstate 10 as Harvey is expected to stall over the area. Devastating mainstem river flooding is possible east of Interstate 35 and south of Interstate 10.
Additionally, hurricane force winds of 70 to 80 mph will be possible for the counties within the Hurricane Warning, while 40 to 50 mph winds with some gusts to 60 mph will be possible for areas within the Tropical Storm Warning. The timing of these winds look to arrive Friday night through Saturday morning. There is a low risk of brief tornadoes east of Interstate 35 and south of Interstate 10 Friday evening into the weekend associated with tropical rain bands.
Our area could see significant rainfall. Make sure you have an adequate supply of food, water, flashlights, batteries etc. 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