This product covers south Texas
**harvey forecast to strengthen to a hurricane**
* changes to watches and warnings:
- the Hurricane Watch has been upgraded to a Hurricane Warning
for Bee, Goliad, Jim Wells, Live Oak, and Victoria
- the Hurricane Watch has been upgraded to a Hurricane Warning
and the storm surge watch has been upgraded to a storm surge
warning for Aransas, Calhoun, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, and San
- a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Duval and McMullen
* current watches and warnings:
- a Hurricane Warning is in effect for Bee, Goliad, Jim Wells,
Live Oak, and Victoria
- a storm surge warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect for
Aransas, Calhoun, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio
- a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Duval and McMullen
* storm information:
- about 420 miles southeast of Port Aransas TX or about 420 miles
south-southeast of Port Oconnor TX
- 23.2n 92.8w
- storm intensity 45 mph
- movement north or 360 degrees at 10 mph
Tropical Storm Harvey is moving slightly faster to the northwest
over the southern Gulf of Mexico. Harvey is expected to continue
to strengthen as it approaches the Texas coast today into Friday.
Tropical storm force winds could approach coastal areas in the
coastal Bend as early as late tonight.
Heavy rainfall is expected through much of the area with rainfall
totals of 15 to 20 inches east of i37 with isolated amounts around
25 inches possible. Lesser amounts are expected further west and
southwest. These numbers and locations are subject to change
depending on the exact Point of landfall along the Texas coast.
Flash flooding is possible with these high rainfall totals. The
heaviest rains are expected to occur Thursday night through Saturday
night and possibly into early next week.
Peak storm surge inundation is generally expected to be 5 to 7 feet
above ground level along and to the right of where the center
crosses the coast. Impacts would be felt along the barrier islands
and into the inland bays and waterways. Isolated locations could see
slightly higher inundation.
Tornadoes are possible as rainbands move onshore tonight through Saturday.
* flooding rain:
prepare for dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant
impacts across the coastal Bend, especially east of i37. Potential
- moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and
- Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter
currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially
in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and
- Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations.
Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid
inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage
areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as
storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions
become hazardous. Some Road and bridge closures.
Prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible
limited impacts across the brush country.
prepare for life-threatening surge having possible extensive impacts
across the middle Texas coast and barrier islands. Potential impacts
in this area include:
- large areas of deep inundation with storm surge flooding
accentuated by battering waves. Structural damage to buildings,
with several washing away. Damage compounded by floating
debris. Locations may be uninhabitable for an extended period.
- Large sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads
washed out or severely flooded. Flood control systems and
barriers may become stressed.
- Severe beach erosion with significant dune loss.
- Major damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. Many
small craft broken away from moorings, especially in
unprotected anchorages with some lifted onshore and stranded.
Elsewhere across south Texas, little to no impact is anticipated.
prepare for life-threatening wind having possible extensive impacts
across the coastal Bend. Potential impacts in this area include:
- considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings, with some having
window, door, and garage door failures leading to structural
damage. Mobile homes severely damaged, with some destroyed.
Damage accentuated by airborne projectiles. Locations may be
uninhabitable for weeks.
- Many large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and
roadway signs blown over.
- Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban
or heavily wooded places. Several bridges, causeways, and
access routes impassable.
- Large areas with power and communications outages.
Also, prepare for dangerous wind having possible significant impacts
across the brush country.
prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across south Texas.
Potential impacts include:
- the occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution
of emergency plans during tropical events.
- A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power
and communications disruptions.
- Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys
toppled, Mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned,
large Tree Tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees
knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats
pulled from moorings.
If evacuating the area, stick to prescribed evacuation routes.
Look for additional traffic information on roadway smart signs
and listen to select radio channels for further travel
instructions. Drivers should not use cell phones while operating
* Other preparedness information:
Del Mar will be closing at 10 PM CDT this evening.
Padre Island National Seashore will close its beaches to driving at
Texas a & M - Corpus Christi has issued a mandatory evacuation for its
Campus. All students and residents must vacate the Campus by 7 am CDT today.
Texas a & M - Kingsville will be closing at 5 PM CDT today and will
remain closed through at least Sunday.
Now is the time to check your emergency plan and take necessary
actions to secure your home or business. Deliberate efforts should be
underway to protect life and property. Ensure that your emergency
supplies kit is stocked and ready.
Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for
official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the
* Additional sources of information:
- for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov
- for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org
- for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org
The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Corpus Christi TX around 7 am CDT, or sooner if conditions
451 am CDT Thu Aug 24 2017