NWS Urges Valley Residents to Prepare for Tropical Storm Harvey

3 years 10 months 6 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 August 23, 2017 3:34 PM August 23, 2017 in News

BROWNSVILLE – Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Brownsville said Harvey is proving to be a difficult storm to predict.

NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Barry Goldsmith said Harvey is long from over and could cause problems from Brownsville to Houston.

He said things like wind shear and dry air have stretched out the storm system throughout the Gulf. This makes it harder for experts to predict how much strength it will gain before the storm makes landfall.

Goldsmith said the biggest concern remains the possibility of flash flooding.

“If we have even three inches of rain in a place that doesn’t drain well, that can equate to two feet of water on the ground, on the street. (It) can cause problems for people driving or worse, it could sneak into some businesses or properties,” he explained. “That’s an issue we all know about down here. It’s been dry but even though it’s been dry, a place like Mercedes or Weslaco – that has poor drainage location, naturally – could see three inches of rain Friday and there would be some water on the street that could be tough to drive through and even possibly life-threatening.”

Goldsmith added people who live in trailer home, especially near the coast, should take the proper precautions. 

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