Harvey downgraded to Tropical Depression, catastrophic flooding continues

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HOUSTON - Harvey made its second landfall Wednesday morning, just west of Cameron, Louisiana.

The storm was downgraded to a Tropical Depression on Wednesday around 7 p.m.

As of 7 p.m., the storm has winds of 35 mph. It was located about 10 miles southwest of Alexandria, Louisiana, and was moving slowly to the north-northeast at 8 mph. It had a minimum central pressure of 998 millibars.

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Harvey is expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches from southwestern Louisiana and the adjacent border of eastern Texas northeastward into western Tennessee and Kentucky through Friday with isolated amounts up to 12 inches.

The threat of heavy rains has ended in the Houston/Galveston area.

However, catastrophic and life threatening flooding will continue in and around Houston, Beaumont/Port Arthur, eastward into southwest Louisiana for the rest of the week.

The expected heavy rains spreading northeastward from Louisiana into western Kentucky may also lead to flash flooding and increased river and small stream flooding.

Elsewhere, the outer bands of Harvey are expected to produce additional rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches over portions of the central and eastern Gulf States and 2 to 4 inches farther north into parts of the Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley and southern Mid Atlantic through Saturday.

These rains may lead to flooding concerns across these areas.

Slow movement of the storm has led to record rainfall amounts and historic flooding across much of southeast Texas. The National Weather Service now says that  Cedar Bayou, Texas, records 51.88 inches of rain from Harvey. That sets a  new continental U.S. record.​ Devastating river flooding will likely be an issue for southeast Texas for days following the end of Harvey's rain.

The storm is being blamed for several deaths in Texas

Evacuations

Hundreds of people in the Houston region have been ordered to evacuate because of flooding. Officials have recommended hundreds more leave their homes. Click or tap here for a list of both mandatory and voluntary evacuations.

Shelters

Many cities and towns in the Houston region have opened shelters for storm victims. Click or tap here for a list of locations.

What's open, what's not

Several places have closed or modified their schedules because of the Harvey.

Government: Click or tap here to view the list.

Medical: Click or tap here to view the list.

Schools and colleges: Click or tap here to view the list.

Concerts and events: Click or tap here to view the list.

Travel during Harvey

Hobby Airport and Bush Airport are closed until further notice.

All commercial flights were canceled until further notice. Roads in and out of the airports were also closed.

Go to fly2houston.com for more information. Air travelers should also check with their airline to get updates on the status of their flight.

METRO has suspended all service through at least Wednesday.

Galveston and Bolivar ferry operations were halted Friday evening.

KPRC2 Severe Weather Team forecast

With Tropical storm Harvey moving east, rain has come to an end in almost all of the Houston region.

Showers continue in Chambers County with moderate rain associated with Harvey still impacting Liberty, Jefferson, Hardin and Polk counties. Signs point to the storm moving east as the system is expected to drop to a Tropical Depression later today.

For the Houston region on Wednesday, look for a mostly cloudy, but warm, day with highs in the mid 80s.

No rain is in the forecast until slight chances creep in on Saturday.

High water, river, creek and bayou flooding continues to be a major issue throughout the region as many remain at flood levels.

Stay Safe!

Go to http://bit.ly/1PVVeiy to check on your nearest creek or bayou.

Check the forecast any time by visiting the weather page of Click2Houston.com or by downloading Frank's forecast app on Apple or Android devices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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