Hurricane Harvey is gaining steam in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to strengthen to a Category 3 before making landfall in Texas late in the day on August 25. Harvey will bring very strong winds and heavy rain to the Texas Gulf Coast late on Friday/early Saturday.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Harvey is currently about 250 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and is moving northwest at 10 mph.
“All signs are pointing to Harvey likely stalling over Texas for at least a few days. Thus, there will be many areas that receive 10 to 25 inches of rain…Harvey is expected to bring a dangerous combination of heavy rains and storm-surge flooding to Texas this week and into the weekend,” reports TWC News.
Here is what you can expect in Austin, Texas:
CURRENT WEATHER: The next 18-20 hours may very well be considered the “calm before the storm.” Temperatures are sitting comfortably in the 80s tonight and the skies are partly cloudy.
WEATHER FORECAST FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 25: Temperatures will be in the 90s by mid-afternoon. Scattered thunderstorms are expected to move through the area in the evening hours before steady rain makes its way in.
WATCHES & WARNINGS: There is currently a flood watch in Austin from Friday through Monday morning. The National Weather Service has expanded that warning to include Travis and Williamson counties.
“Rainfall totals in the watch area through early next week will average 10 to 20 inches with highest amounts expected east of Interstate 35. Significant flash flooding is possible as Harvey slowly moves or even stalls. Significant river flooding is expected to develop over the I-35 corridor, with devastating river flood impacts lasting many days along mainstem rivers downstream from the I-35 corridor.”
PATH & MAP: Below is the projected path of Hurricane Harvey. For up-to-date information on the path of Harvey in relation to Austin, click here.
Below is a map of expected rainfall in the area.
Below is a map of wind-speed probabilities.