HURRICANE HARVEY CATEGORY 3 120 MPH BEARING DOWN TEXAS COAST
HURRICANE HARVEY CATEGORY 3 120 MPH
BEARING DOWN TEXAS COAST
WATERS RISING RAPIDLY
RECON FINDS CATEGORY 3 WINDS 115 MPH +
HEAVY RAINS GALES ON THE COAST
There is an Air Force plane inside the Hurricane Harvey and it has found winds of 113 to 137 kts at flight level on the east side of the center. Harvey has been strengthening rapidly this afternoon as the eye continues to barrel toward the Texas coast. Gale force winds are gusting to 60 mph or more along the immediate coast based on the surface observations above. Heavy rain has moved well inland. This is only the beginning of what could be a week of rain head for South & Southeast Texas with 20 inches or more of rain likely over a large area. Satellite loops and radar below from Corpus Christi will update in real time by refreshing your page.
…2 PM CDT POSITION AND INTENSITY UPDATE…
…HARVEY STRENGTHENS INTO A CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE…
Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate
that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 120 mph
(195 km/h) with higher gusts. Harvey is a category 3 hurricane on
the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The latest minimum central
pressure reported by the aircraft is 943 mb (27.85 inches).
A wind gust to 57 mph (91 km/h) was recently observed at the Naval
Air Station in Corpus Christi. A coastal observing site near Port
Aransas has measured a sustained wind of 49 mph (80 km/h) with a
gust to 60 mph (96 km/h).
A sustained wind of 59 mph (95 km/h) and a wind gust to 69 mph
(111 km/h) were recently reported by NOAA buoy 42020, located about
40 miles off the coast of Texas.
NOAA tide gauges near Corpus Christi and Port Aransas indicate
storm surge inundation of 1 to 2 ft is already occurring.
SUMMARY OF 200 PM CDT…1900 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 75 MI…120 KM ESE OF CORPUS CHRISTI TEXAS
ABOUT 85 MI…135 KM S OF PORT OCONNOR TEXAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…120 MPH…195 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 325 DEGREES AT 10 MPH…17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…943 MB…27.85 INCHES
Weather models show little change in the outlook going forward. The European model lingers Harvey along the Texas coast for the next week.
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