EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The National Weather Service has issued severe weather warnings for several east Texas counties.
This story will update as changes occur.
A tornado warning has been issued for the following counties until 11:15 a.m.: Jasper, Hardin, Tyler
A tornado warning has been issued for the following counties until 10:45 a.m.: Jasper
Tropical storm Harvey is barely moving and still producing bands of very heavy rainfall.
As of 4:45 p.m Saturday., the storm is located about 100 miles west-northwest of Matagorda, Texas with an intensity 65 mph.
Continued heavy rainfall and the flooding it causes is the primary threat to Southeast Texas. Numerous flash flood warnings have been issued across the area, and widespread flooding is possible into early week at the least.
Tornadoes have also occurred in the area through the day, and will continue to be a threat tonight. Coastal flooding can be expected at the shore where winds will continue to push water onshore. Tropical storm force winds are still a potential threat, primarily in the southwestern portions of the area towards Matagorda Bay.
Storm surge will be slow to recede through Sunday, particularly west of Freeport. Though there are multiple hazards present in the area, the greatest threat to life and property in the coming days are tied to the potential for extreme rainfall amounts. This rain will lead to a prolonged, dangerous, and potentially catastrophic flooding event well into next week.
Potential impacts from the flooding rain are still unfolding across Southeast Texas. Remain well guarded against life-threatening flood waters having possible catastrophic impacts.
If realized, these impacts include:
- Extreme rainfall flooding may prompt numerous evacuations and rescues.
- Rivers and tributaries may overwhelmingly overflow their banks in many places with deep moving water. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become raging rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed.
- Flood waters can enter numerous structures within multiple communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away. Numerous places where flood waters may cover escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of raging water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become very dangerous. Numerous road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out.
* WIND: Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across the Matagorda Bay area. Remain well sheltered from dangerous wind having possible significant impacts.
If realized, these impacts include: - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles.
- Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over.
- Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines. Elsewhere in Southeast Texas, there is the potential for winds having limited to significant impacts. Winds are expected to be strongest in and near the strongest thunderstorms in rain bands.
SURGE: Potential impacts from the main surge event are now unfolding across the Upper Texas Coast, primarily west of Sargent. Remain well away from life-threatening surge having possible significant impacts.
If realized, these impacts include:
- Areas of inundation with storm surge flooding accentuated by waves. Damage to several buildings, mainly near the coast. - Sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads become weakened or washed out, especially in usually vulnerable low spots. - Major beach erosion with heavy surf breaching dunes. Strong and numerous rip currents.
- Moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. Several small craft broken away from moorings, especially in unprotected anchorages. Potential impacts from the main surge event are also now unfolding across the Upper Texas Coast east of Sargent. Remain well away from locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts.
TORNADOES: Potential impacts from tornadoes are still unfolding across Southeast Texas. Remain well braced against a tornado event having additional limited impacts. If realized, these impacts include:
- The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events.
- A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions.
- Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.
According to NWS, at 3:06 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Village Mills, or near Wildwood, moving northwest at 40 mph.
Possible impact included flying debris that will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage was likely.
This dangerous storm was Wildwood around 3:10 p.m.. Warren around 3:20 p.m. Woodville around 3:30 p.m. Other locations impacted by this tornadic thunderstorm include Ivanhoe and Hillister.