Catastrophic flooding expected as Harvey slows

Moses Juarez, left, and Anselmo Padilla wade through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas.

Gov. John Bel Edwards warned citizens that Louisiana was “not out of the woods” with Harvey, saying those living in southwest Louisiana and the northern part of the state should be particularly alert.

Coastal areas, including Sabine Pass and Johnson Bayou, could see wind gusts ranging from 25 to 35 miles per hour starting today through Sunday. Tomorrow Harvey remains almost stationary over Southeast Texas as another surface low begins to develop over North Florida, moving up the East Coast from South Georgia Monday into Tuesday.

Harvey is then expected to move up the coast Monday around 8 p.m. and then make a second landfall on the western end of Galveston Island.

The primary impact from Harvey over Southeast Texas remains prolonged significant heavy rainfall that will induce extreme widespread flooding through at least the beginning of next week. Harvey is expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of 15 to 25 inches through Friday over the middle and upper Texas coast, including the Houston/Galveston metropolitan area.

The National Weather Service strongly advises against attempting to go through flooded areas, noting that 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small vehicle and 2 feet can carry away most cars.

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