I would like to say that better weather is on its way, but that is not the case. At 8 a.m., Hurricane Harvey was still packing sustained winds of 80 mph as it moved slowly north-northwest near Victoria.
Meanwhile, numerous rain bands continue to rake Galveston County, dumping torrential rains, ramping up tropical storm force winds and spinning out isolated tornadoes across the area. Sustained winds of 36 mph and gusts to 48 mph have raked the island overnight with tides running 2 ½ feet above expected means in Galveston and a little more than 3 feet above in Galveston Bay.
Rains of 2 inches to 3 inches have been measured over most of the county already with storm totals of up to 20 inches to 30 inches not out of the question. Needless to say, this will pose a high threat for flooding of local bayous, creeks and rivers. If you are in a flood prone area, you need to prepare and/or seek refuge in a safer locale.
The official forecast track from the National Hurricane Center has Harvey drifting around South and South Central Texas through Wednesday. This leaves us on the wet side of the storm, meaning tropical-storm conditions and heavy rain could continue through mid-week. Also, because steering currents are so weak and the impact of high pressure to the west uncertain, changes in this path could easily occur.
Click here for a look at the various forecast models.
Already, Harvey has proven that it will not necessarily follow projected paths.
At any rate, hunker down if in a safe locale or find a safer location if possible. Be careful, stay safe and pay attention to advice from local emergency managers and the National Weather Service Office in Houston.