Harvey may arrive on Gulf Coast as hurricane
Tropical Depression Harvey redeveloped Wednesday morning in the Bay of Campeche off Mexico’s Gulf Coast and is forecast to roar onto the Texas or Louisiana coast as a hurricane later this week.
“We are anticipating Harvey being a hurricane at landfall,” the National Hurricane Center said.
Rainfall from Harvey could cause life-threatening flooding across the region, the hurricane center predicted. A hurricane watch has been posted along the Texas coast from near Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass.
Harvey is expected to produce total rain amounts of 10 to 15 inches with isolated maximums of 20 inches over the middle and upper Texas coast and southwest Louisiana through Tuesday. Heavy rainfall could begin as early as Friday morning.
Whether Harvey makes landfall in the Gulf Coast as a strong tropical storm or a Category 1 hurricane may not make a huge difference in terms of impact, AccuWeather said, since days of torrential rain are the main threat. A storm surge of up to 6 feet could also inundate coastal areas.