The National Hurricane Center has updated the forecasts for TS Harvey. As shown on the forecast, Harvey could become a hurricane later today and potentially reach Category 3 (winds over 110 MPH) strength as it approaches land. The forecasted path has shifted slightly back to the northeast from yesterday’s forecast and currently showing the center making landfill Saturday morning somewhere between Corpus Christi and the Matagorda Bay.
The models are continuing to show significant rainfall for the Texas Coast. Harvey could bring widespread rainfall of 10 to 15 inches with isolated peaks of 20 to 30 inches throughout the storms impacted areas. The actual rainfall totals will depend on how fast or slow the storm drifts across the area. The biggest change since yesterday has been the strengthening of Harvey and the potential for heavy winds. Based on the 10 AM forecast update, the Greater Houston Area could see wind speeds between 60 and 80 MPH. Please remember to secure any outdoor items that could be impacted by winds. Any items left outside could become projectiles causing damage to homes or even injury to people. When possible, bring items in doors.
Fort Bend County is currently under a Tropical Storm Warming, but at this time there are no active flood warnings for the Brazos River. District will continue to coordinate with the City of Sugar Land, Fort Bend County, and the National Weather Service and provide updates as necessary.