Harvey Approaches Texas Coast
Kevin Felts 08.24.17
If things keep progressing like they are, Harvey could be the first Hurricane to hit the Texas coast since 2008. Forecasts predict Harvey to be a category one storm when it makes landfall.
The good news: Harvey could only be a category one.
The bad news: Projections have it curving and going over Houston. This puts the Galveston and Houston areas in danger of flooding.
Worse case situation, we may be looking at Tropical Storm Allison-level flooding.
For those of you who do not know about Tropical Storm Allison, it dumped up to 40 inches of rain on the Houston area in 2001. Highways were shut down and hundreds of cars were abandoned and flooded.
From Accuweather.com – Harvey to threaten Texas, Louisiana with major flooding.
Preparations for flooding and displaced people are warranted at this time.
There is the potential for Harvey to slow and stall over Texas or right along the northwestern Gulf coast.
If Harvey stalls, 10-20 inches of rain and locally higher amounts would lead to a flooding disaster.
“There is the potential for significant flooding in the region, even if Harvey remains weak,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
As people who live in and near Houston know, low-lying areas will flood. It seems even moderate rainfall can make parts of Houston flood.
Another concern: What if Harvey makes landfall in south Texas and then stalls? That could lead to possible severe flooding in the Texas Hill Country.