News and analysis of severe thunderstorms and landfalling tropical cyclones in the United States.
Hurricane Harvey Menacing Texas Coast
Harvey is now a Category 2 Hurricane (at 9:25 am CDT; see National Hurricane Center for latest) with max winds of 110 mph…bordering on major hurricane status…as it marches toward the coast of Texas.
Right now the system is undergoing an “Eyewall Replacement Cycle” this occurs when a hurricane develops a secondary eyewall which bigger tha. The initial eyewall and competes with it for airflow to maintain its thunderstorms.
Harvey is expected to make landfall tonight. If the ERC ends and allows for restrengthening, it may make landfall as a Category 3 storm or higher. Regardless, storm surge up to 12 ft, damaging winds and over the next few days incredible inland flooding is likely.
And a blunt reminder about why you must take these storms seriously- particularly the water…
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