More Rain to Come as Hurricane Harvey Returns to Land
The fourth largest city in the U.S., Houston, Texas is experiencing disastrous rains from category 4 hurricane Harvey, which made landfall Friday Aug. 25, stalled over the city, and has poured unprecedented amounts of rain throughout the weekend.
With over 40 inches of rain in some areas, the total could rise to more than 50 inches before the storm subsides. The U.S. Coast Guard urges anyone in need of rescue to call the numbers listed on its Twitter page: https://twitter.com/USCG
The Coast Guard has rescued at least 3,600 people, and at least ten people are dead, but accurate totals are impossible to gauge at this point. Further rain is expected throughout the week as Harvey returns to an already inundated Houston area, and at least one foot of water is expected to accumulate and cause some flooding on the Louisiana coast as the storm moves east.
Early this morning the storm intensity was estimated at 40 kt, but it is not expected to strengthen again before making its second landfall within the next two days. NOAA predicts “ongoing catastrophic and life-threatening flooding will continue across southeastern Texas.”
Coast Guard non-stop rescue operations continue with 20 helicopters and other teams from around the country including Florida and the Pacific Northwest, sending more members to the area.
See the latest forecasts at the National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/