Hurricane Harvey by Leydon S.

By November 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 mph near Rockport, Texas. One of the worst parts of Hurricane Harvey was the strong winds and the heavy rain which caused widespread flooding. Harvey’s roots can be traced back to a tropical wave that emerged from the African coast in early August. Harvey’s center of circulation stalled over south Texas and then meandered slowly east into the Gulf of Mexico before making one last landfall near Cameron, Louisiana. As a tropical storm Harvey dropped 40-61 inches of rain. Harvey’s flooding caused one of the worst weather disasters in U.S. history. The Harris County Flood Control District (H.C.F.C.D.) estimated that 70 percent of Harris County was flooded by at least 1.5 feet of water with an estimated 136,000 flooded structures in the county alone. Thousands of water rescues occurred in the Houston metro area as many houses and businesses were overwhelmed by flood waters. The H.C.F.C.D estimated that one trillion gallons of water was dumped on the county alone in four days. The highest observed water level rise at Harvey’s landfall point was 6.71 feet at Port Lavaca. Harvey also spawned numerous brief tornadoes in southeast Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Harvey is one of the most prolific tornado producers for a tropical cyclone, the true number of tornadoes produced by Harvey may never be known.

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