Tropical Update: Hurricane Harvey approaches Texas, tracking wave near Florida

Tropical Update: Hurricane Harvey approaches Texas, tracking wave near Florida

Hurricane Harvey continues to organize across the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, as it approaches the Texas coast.

As of the 8 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Harvey was a category two hurricane with sustained winds of 110 MPH with much stronger gusts. Heavy rain and gusty winds were already occurring along the Texas Gulf Coast earlier this morning.

Further strengthening is likely as it approaches the middle Texas coast. It is entirely possibly that Harvey is upgraded to a category four hurricane prior to reaching land somewhere between Corpus Christi and Port O'Connor, Texas, tonight.

Unfortunately, this dangerous hurricane is forecast to slow dramatically as it approaches land. Several hours of hurricane force winds, substantial sea level rises and torrential rain are likely along portions of the Texas and Louisiana coasts.

While the exact track is still unknown, Hurricane Harvey is forecast to meander along the Texas coast for several days. Disastrous rainfall is likely, with widespread rainfall totals between 10 and 20 inches is likely through next Wednesday. Isolated totals of more than 30 inches are possible.

Invest 92-L continues to produce rain across central and southern Florida. This system is forecast to move northeastward, emerging over the southwestern Atlantic this weekend. There is some potential, a 40-percent-chance, that this could become a tropical system as it punishes further away from our area, well offshore.

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