Harvey currently taking aim at Rockport as all of Gulf Coast prepares for landfall
Update on Wed., August 23 at 2:20 p.m.
MIAMI (AP) — Former Tropical Storm Harvey has restrengthened into a tropical depression forecast to dump heavy rains on the Gulf Coast and become a hurricane by the time it hits Texas on Friday.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Wednesday that Harvey is likely to intensify as it moves over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and deliver heavy rain to parts of eastern Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches are expected over the middle and upper Texas coast and southwest Louisiana through next Tuesday. The center has announced a hurricane watch for the Texas coast from north of San Luis Pass to High Island, and warns of possibly dangerous flooding.
At 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Harvey was located 470 miles (755 kms) southeast of Port Mansfield, Texas. It was moving northwest at about 9 mph (15 kph) and had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph).
UPDATE on Wed., August 23 at 12 p.m.: Tropical system appears headed for Texas (The Associated Press)
HOUSTON (AP) -- Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the State Operations Center to elevate its readiness level and is making state resources available for preparation and possible rescue and recovery actions amid forecasts a tropical storm will make landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast.
The National Hurricane Center says the remnants Tropical Storm Harvey cleared Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and have been regenerating into a tropical depression over the Gulf of Mexico.
Landfall could be as early as Friday. Forecasters say it will dump significant rain.
A hurricane watch is posted for the coast north of Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass. A tropical storm watch is up from the mouth of the Rio Grande to Port Mansfield and from north of San Luis Pass to High Island.
Harvey to dump heavy rains on Texas; hurricane possible (The Associated Press)
MIAMI (AP) -- Former Tropical Storm Harvey has restrengthened into a tropical depression forecast to dump heavy rains on the Gulf Coast and become a hurricane by the time it hits Texas on Friday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Wednesday that Harvey is likely to intensify as it moves over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and deliver heavy rain to parts of eastern Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The center has announced a hurricane watch for the Texas coast from north of San Luis Pass to High Island, and warns of possibly dangerous flooding.
From Meteorologist Shaun Stevens on Wednesday, August 23rd at 8 a.m.:
We are keeping a close eye on the development of Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico. Latest forecasts have the storm hitting the Texas coast about 90 miles east Corpus Christi. This will likely change over the next 48 hours.
Depending on the position of Harvey’s landfall will determine our rain totals. If it moves more to the east we may not see much rain in San Antonio through the weekend, but if it stays on course or moves back to the west we could be dealing with flash flooding in the area.
We are confident that just about every place along the Texas coast has the potential for extremely heavy rain. Wherever this system makes landfall, there will be a heavy rainfall event, as much as 15 to 20 inches. This will create dangerous flash flooding and river flooding in the landfall region. Coastal flooding, storm waves and rip tides a good bet. We will have a better handle on what Harvey will do once the system redevelops into a tropical storm and moves closer today.
Former tropical storm moves into Gulf of Mexico, By The Associated Press
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The remnants of former Tropical Storm Harvey moved into the southern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday night, and forecasters warned it could reorganize as a tropical system and threaten Texas late this week.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the low pressure system was clearing Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and probably would become a tropical depression or even a tropical storm Wednesday or Thursday.
The center said the system could reach the northwestern Gulf by Friday and there was a threat of prolonged heavy rain and flooding for portions of the coast from northeastern Mexico to southern Louisiana into the coming week. Texas could also see storm surge and tropical storm- or hurricane-force winds, the advisory said.
To the west, once-mighty Hurricane Kenneth weakened rapidly far out in the Pacific and was downgraded to a tropical storm. It had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) Tuesday night, down from its top force of 130 mph (210 kph) as a Category 4 hurricane Monday.
It was centered about 1,535 miles (2,465 kilometers) west of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula.