Hurricane Harvey approaching Texas Coast

Hurricane Harvey Satellite image: NOAA

Hurricane Harvey Satellite image: NOAA

Hurricane Harvey continues to develop with minimum pressure now down to 947mb. Harvey remains in an environment for intensification, and strengthening beyond the current intensity is possible prior to landfall.  Currently max winds are at 95 knots but could exceed 100 knots later today.  Significant wave heights are currently up to 31 feet (about 9.5 meters).  The track guidance continues to show Harvey meandering or stalling near or just inland of the Texas coast in 36-48 hours and could drift offshore again thereafter.

Hurricane Harvey track forecast: NOAA NHC

Hurricane Harvey track forecast: NOAA NHC

Hurricane force winds extend outward 10NM to the southwest and 30 NM to the northeast. Gale force or higher winds extend outward 80 NM to the southwest and 120 NM to the northeast.    Very heavy rainfall and flooding is very likely along a large portion of the Texas coast during the next several days.

Hurricane Harvey rainfall forecast: NOAA

Hurricane Harvey rainfall forecast: NOAA

About Fred Pickhardt

Fred Pickhardt, Marine Meteorologist I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. I have extensive experience in marine weather analysis, marine weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic marine weather event reconstructions. I founded Ocean Weather Services and as Owner and Chief Consultant currently provide optimum ship routing services and forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
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