Tropical Storm Harvey moves across Texas at 3 mph

Aug. 26 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Harvey, earlier downgraded from a hurricane, was creeping further inland Sunday in Texas, sparking flooding in the region.

In its 10 p.m. CDT update, the National Hurricane Center said the eye of the storm was located near latitude 28.8 north, longitude 96.6 west — 30 miles northwest of Victoria — and the storm was moving south-southeast at a speed of about 3 mph.

“The Tropical Storm Warning has been extended from Port O’Connor southward to Mesquite Bay and from Sargent northeastward to High Island,” the NHC said in its update.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph Sunday morning, with higher gusts, and the storm was expected to undergo some weakening during the ensuing 48 hours. If it drops below 40 mph, it is designated as a depression.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles, primarily over water to the east and northeast of the center.

The center of the storm will move near the coast of southeastern Texas on Monday. Then it is forecast to travel to Dallas as a depression by Friday.

A flash flood emergency warning was in effect from Port O’Connor to Sargent, Texas, while a tropical storm warning was in effect for the same area. The center said the storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening conditions resulting from rising water moving inland from the coastline.

Harvey weakened into a tropical storm as it continued to move further inland from the Texas coast Saturday, but the National Hurricane Center said it was becoming an “extremely serious flooding event.”

Hurricane Harvey made landfall near the city of Corpus Christi, Texas, at 10 p.m. Friday night as a Category 4 storm, the NHC said.

At around 6 a.m. Harvey was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with 90 mph winds. By midday, it was reclassified as a tropical storm with sustained 70 mph winds.

Harvey was the first hurricane that severe to make landfall anywhere in the continental United States since Hurricane Wilma hit Florida in October 2005.

It was also the first hurricane to make landfall in Texas since Ike in 2008.

Earlier in the week, Harvey, viewed from the International Space Station, showed a large swirl of clouds in the Gulf of Mexico — clearly visible from tens of thousands of miles away.

This pass is the second go-around for Harvey, which arrived in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week. It turned into a tropical storm, dissipated, and then re-strengthened over the warm waters of the gulf, meteorologists said. They cautioned it was possible the storm could turn back out to the gulf and strengthen again.

Oil and gas companies working in the Gulf of Mexico have reduced production.

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