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Harvey makes another landfall after setting U.S. rain record

Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 10:39 AM - After breaking the continental U.S. rainfall record for a single tropical storm, Harvey made another landfall along the Gulf Coast predawn Wednesday.

Around 5 a.m. ET the storm came onshore west of Cameron, Louisiana, with maximum sustain winds of 72 km/h.

Life-threatening flooding continues in southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana. Tropical storm and storm surge warnings remain in effect along the Gulf Coast.

Harvey broke the all-time continental U.S. storm rainfall record on Tuesday, with a preliminary 1318 mm recorded at Cedar Bayou, Texas.

As of 8 a.m. ET Wednesday, Harvey is moving toward the north at about 14 km/h. The storm is expected to weaken as the centre moves further inland, and is forecast to become a tropical depression by Wednesday night.

"On the forecast track, the center of Harvey will move across the Lower Mississippi Valley and Tennessee Valley through Thursday," says the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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Harvey is likely to produce additional rainfall amounts of 75-150 mm from southwestern Louisiana through eastern Texas and into western Kentucky by Friday. Some localized areas could see isolated amounts up to 250 mm.

"While the threat of heavy rains has ended in the Houston/Galveston area, catastrophic and life-threatening flooding will continue in and around Houston eastward into southwest Louisiana for the rest of the week," adds the NHC. "The expected heavy rains spreading northeastward from Louisiana into western Kentucky may also lead to flash flooding and increased river and small stream flooding."

Harvey is also expected to produce dangerous surf and rip current conditions, as well as a few tornadoes.

The storm reached Category 4 status last Friday before making landfall for the first time between Port Aransas and Port O'Conner in Texas.

At least 18 people are dead, and around 13,000 residents have been rescued in Houston and surrounding areas, according to The Associated Press.

It's likely that more deaths will be reported as the week passes and rescuers travel deeper into the worst-hit areas.

SOURCE: NHC | The Associated Press

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