Houston has received so much rain, NWS needed to make new graphics

Harvey, the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in 12 years, first made landfall in Rockport, located northeast of Corpus Christi, at 10:00 pm Friday with maximum sustained winds of 215 kph.

Hurricane Harvey, now weakened to a tropical storm, left at least five people dead and dozens injured as it swept through Houston, Texas, the National Weather Service (NWS) said on Sunday.

Prior to Harvey, which has been dumping rain on Texas since the night of August 25, the NWS maps stopped at “greater than 15 inches” designation, marked by a dark mauve. Localized rain amounts of 40-50 inches are not out of the question once Harvey’s rain is finished later this week.

“The tremendous rainfall in Texas is literally and figuratively off the map”, an NWS spokesman told CNET. “With Harvey, the updated map is more specific in showing the graphical depiction of rainfall intervals, which aren’t often observed at such high levels”. Yes, a grim use of Prince’s famed “purple rain.” “Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days”. According to the NWS’s latest alert, storm totals could approach 50 inches in some locations.

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