Hurricane Harvey, which began for a tropical depression inside Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday August 23, rapidly escalated to some Category 4 storm while it made its way towards Southern Texas. Not surprisingly, the powerful hurricane, which packed 130mph winds, made landfall on the city of Rockport on August 25 at about 10:00 pm local time, causing widespread destruction. Three hours later, it made a second landfall over the northeastern shore of Copano Bay, this occassion as the Category 3 storm with 125 mph winds!
The strongest hurricane to kick or punch the U.S. inside a decade, and the first to create landfall in Texas since 2008, Harvey has been downgraded to the tropical storm. However, it is constantly on the bring torrential rain to the area. The most important impact have been felt in Houston. Since 7:00 am local time Sunday, the nation’s fourth largest city had received over 25 inches of rain plus an additional 3 to fifteen inches is anticipated to fall over the next few days. In addition, the hurricane has spawned several tornadoes, defining it as dangerous for residents who had sought refuge of their attics or roofs to escape routine living costs flood waters.
Meanwhile, officials have asked residents of Port Aransas and Port Lavaca, who were directly from the road to the hurricane’s fury, to step away until they can assess the devastation created via the powerful storm. They’ve also been conducting a search and rescue operation for any estimated 100 Port Aransas residents who couldn’t evacuate. Those still in Port Lavaca they are under a curfew because all power, water, and sewer services are down. Initial reports from Rockport indicate that several buildings have already been razed to the ground together with about 60 inches more rain expected over the following couple of days, madrid of 10,000 residents is bracing for additional destruction.
Experts predict that as Harvey heads south and east within the next 1 week, even areas much further inland are going to be soaked with around 40 inches of rain. Coastal flooding also remains a threat, as being the already overflowing rivers carry on and get deluged with rain. Texas Governor Greg Abbott fears if the forecasts hold true, it should trigger vast amounts of dollars of property damage. Fortunately, because most residents while in the road to the hurricane made a decision to evacuate to safer areas, the volume of fatalities reported to this point is relatively small.
While the state hurricane season, plenty of time when most tropical storms appear in the Atlantic, is from June 1 to November 30, the cyclones were appearing much earlier since 2015. The 2011 first tropical storm, Arlene, taken place in mid-April. Though there are already four tropical storms and two hurricanes since, none were as powerful as Harvey. Hopefully, nature has spent its fury on Texas, and also the remaining 2017 season will likely be uneventful.
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