Hurricane Harvey intensifies, heavy rain a concern for East Texas

Hurricane Harvey intensifies, heavy rain a concern for East Texas

Hurricane Harvey has undergone rapid intensification in the past 24 hours and is now expected to be a major hurricane when he makes landfall somewhere near Corpus Christi late Friday evening or early Saturday morning.

In advance of Hurricane Harvey, numerous Flash Flood Watches, Tropical Storm Warnings, and Hurricane Warnings 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 him from moving all that much, 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 4-6 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.

Areas down along the Highway 190 corridor, including Livingston, Woodville, Jasper, and Newton could end up with 6-10 inches of rain, with isolated higher amounts.

With heavy rain causing possible delays or cancellations with your plans early next week, we have declared the time frame from Sunday through Tuesday as First Alert Weather Days.

One thing to stress is that there will be a huge rainfall gradient across East Texas, with the position and movement of Harvey determining just how much rain will fall on East Texas.  These rainfall amounts may change, depending upon Harvey's behavior early next week.

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.

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