Tropical Storm Harvey to Impact Texas Agriculture
USAgNet - 08/25/2017
Tropical Storm Harvey re-formed in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday and is now rapidly strengthening as it heads northwestward toward the Texas coastline. Harvey is expected to be a hurricane later today and is forecast to reach Category 3 strength with
maximum sustained winds up to 115 mph by the time it reaches the Gulf Production Region off the Texas coast on Friday.
This would make Harvey the first major hurricane to make landfall in the US since Wilma in 2005.
A Hurricane Warning is currently in effect from Port Mansfield to Matagorda with landfall projected to be near Corpus Christi.
The approaching storm is likely to prompt some suspension of operations and evacuation of rigs and platforms that lie in Harvey's path.
As the storm slowly meanders overhead, it will drop substantial amounts of rain over portions of eastern Texas and Louisiana with amounts of 10-20"+ projected.
Cities including Houston, Corpus Christi, Galveston, Baton Rouge, and Lake Charles are at the greatest risk of life-threatening flooding from Harvey.
Forecast amounts from Harvey rival those of Tropical Storm Allison, which brought Houston some of its worst flooding on record in 2001.
Cotton growers along the Coastal Bend of Texas are also monitoring the progression of Tropical Storm Harvey for potential impacts.