Aug. 23 (UPI) — The National Hurricane Center said the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey have a nearly 100 percent chance of forming into a tropical depression in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.
The center said storm-related advisories could be re-issued on Wednesday for the coast of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and southwestern Louisiana. The storm is forecast to move northwest and reach the northwestern U.S. Gulf Coast on Friday.
The remnants are expected to form into a tropical depression within 48 hours, and then possibly a tropical storm.
“This system is likely to slow down once it reaches the coast, increasing the threat of a prolonged period of heavy rainfall and flooding across portions of Texas and Louisiana into early next week,” the center said in a statement. “Harvey could also produce storm surge and tropical storm or hurricane force winds along portions of the Texas coast later this week.”
Forecasters said Harvey also has the potential to become a hurricane and hit the Texas coast on Friday.
Due to the weather in the Gulf of Mexico, Anadarko Petroleum company said it pulled non-essential staff from its offshore facilities.