Hurricane Harvey could become first major hurricane to hit U.S. in over a decade!
2005 was a historical year for hurricanes in the United States. The names Rita, Wilma, and Katrina will always be remembered; Katrina, the worst natural disaster in U.S. history will be remembered by what it did to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Harvey could be the first major hurricane to hit the United States since this big hurricane year.
Harvey is expected to gather strength and moisture as it takes a bee-line to southeast Texas later tonight. Right now, it is a category 2 hurricane with winds over 100 mph. It is expected to become a category 3 hurricane with winds close to 125 mph. This will be the first hurricane to make landfall in Texas since Hurricane Ike back in 2008, which was a category 2.
After making landfall tonight, Harvey is expected to stall next week, and eventually could move back offshore and redevelop as a hurricane again. This could bring catastrophic flooding to areas along the Gulf Coast and Texas. Rainfall totals could easily exceed TWO FEET. Some locations could jump into the 36”+ category depending on where the heavy bands setup. Hurricanes can bring anything from flooding, storm surge, and tornadoes.
In anticipation of the storm, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of emergency in 30 counties.