EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Harvey is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm and possibly, a category one hurricane, before making landfall during the day on Friday or early Saturday morning somewhere along the lower-to-middle Texas coastline.
There are already numerous tropical storm and hurricane watches in effect for residents down along the coastline, encompassing much of southeast Texas.
Regardless of how strong he becomes, our impacts will be rather unchanged as we are looking at some very heavy rainfall to set up across our part of the state.
We should start to see some heavy rain move in on Saturday and once it gets here, it looks to stick around for several days as the weak steering currents will allow Harvey to hang out, keeping the wet and unsettled weather in play for quite some time.
Since Harvey will be meandering around for several days across southeast Texas and along the Gulf coast, we could end up with 6-10 inches of rain for many communities through Tuesday, especially for areas along and south of the Highway 7 corridor that stretches from Crockett to Nacogdoches and over to Center.
Within this area of rain, there could be some isolated higher amounts of over a foot, depending upon the track of Harvey and where some rain bands may train over the same areas.
Our one glimmer of hope is that a cold front may serve as a shield and block Harvey from advancing northward and closer to East Texas. If the front can keep Harvey further south than anticipated, then we could see lower rainfall totals, which would be a blessing.
Nevertheless, if you live in a flood plain or low-lying spot, you may want to make plans to seek higher ground as the weekend nears.
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