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Tropical Update: Harvey strengthening, watching Invest 92-L

Harvey has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm and is looking much more organized Thursday morning. (Source: WTOC Weather Team) Harvey has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm and is looking much more organized Thursday morning. (Source: WTOC Weather Team)

After reemerging into the southern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday night, Harvey has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm with sustained winds of 45 MPH as of the 2 a.m. Advisory from the Hurricane Center.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect from Port Mansfield, Texas, to San Luis Pass, Texas. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from Boca De Catan, Mexico, to Port Mansfield, Texas, and from San Luis Pass, Texas, to High Island, Texas.

Harvey is becoming structurally organized this morning and continued strengthening is likely until landfall along the Texas coast late Friday or early Saturday.

It is likely that Harvey will be, at least, a category one hurricane before reaching land. It is possible that Harvey could be even stronger.

To compound impacts along the northwestern Gulf Coast, Harvey is expected to slow as it makes landfall. What remains of the circulation may linger across Texas and Louisiana for several days, causing widespread flooding.

Storm surge flooding, inland flooding, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are all possible across portions of Texas and Louisiana later Thursday through Monday.

Much further east, Invest 92-L is located just off of southwestern Florida and has a generally low risk of developing into a tropical system across the southwestern Atlantic within the next five days as it tracks northeastward. As of this forecast, no direct inland impacts are expected across Georgia or South Carolina.

If 92-L develops just offshore, increasing wave heights and rip current risks are possible early next week.

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