EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Hurricane Harvey made landfall at 10 p.m. Friday night as a major, category four hurricane just three miles east of Rockport, TX. Harvey is the first major hurricane to hit the United States since Wilma in 2005 and the first category four hurricane to impact the lower 48 since Charlie hit Florida in 2004.
In advance of Hurricane Harvey, numerous Flash Flood Watches, Tropical Storm Warnings, Hurricane Warnings, and Tornado Watches have been issued for counties up and down the Texas coastline.
Our main impact from Hurricane Harvey will continue to be the potential for some heavy rainfall, especially as we head into next week.
We should start to see some heavy rain move in late in the day on Saturday and once it gets here, it looks to stick around for several days as the weak steering currents will prevent Harvey from moving all that much, keeping the wet and unsettled weather in play for quite some time.
Since Harvey will slowly meander in our general direction by the middle of next week, we have bumped up our rain chances, which means the flooding risk has gone up for us in the Piney Woods.
Many areas in and around Lufkin and Nacogdoches could receive eight-to-twelve inches of rain by the end of next week.
Areas down along the Highway 190 corridor, including Livingston, Woodville, Jasper, and Newton could end up with twelve-to-sixteen inches, with isolated higher amounts certainly not out of the realm of possibility.
With heavy rain causing possible delays or cancellations with your plans early next week, we have declared the time frame from Sunday through Thursday as First Alert Weather Days.
One thing to stress is that there is lots of uncertainty as to where exactly Harvey will be positioned by the middle of next week. His position and movement will directly determine just how much rain we will receive throughout East Texas.
If we do have major flooding issues, it would more than likely not surface until the middle of next week, once the rainfall totals start to add up and more rain falls on an already saturated ground.
We believe that stubborn Harvey will finally pull away from the state of Texas by the end of next week, which would allow us to eventually dry out and exhale.
In the meantime, you can stay on top of the weather conditions involved with Harvey by downloading and frequenting our KTRE First Alert weather app. It gives you access to Harvey's forecast track, our First Alert forecast, severe weather alerts, interactive radar, and featured video updates. It is weather on the go, right in the palm of your hand.