Harvey may ar­rive on Gulf Coast as hur­ri­cane

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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.

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