Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented rainfall is now swallowing Houston, Texas whole. The National Weather Service has stated that the effect of the hurricane is ”catastrophic’. It is also predicted that the Hurricane is only going to get worse over time.
NWS officials doubled down in interviews with HuffPost, telling them that the storm is only going to bring dozens of more inches of rain to the area and that the heavy flooding will plague the area for weeks.
‘With this flooding event we were using words like catastrophic and life threatening,” said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center. “It’s as bad as we thought it was going to be, and it’s only getting worse.”
Patrick Burke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told The Huffington Post that the hurricane-turned tropical storm is now stationary and close to the waters that it has an unlimited source of “rich, tropical moisture” from the coast to use as fuel.
Normally, storms move and dissipate, he said. This one, however, is not only stationary, but it’s starting to backtrack toward the coast. It will likely drop dozens of inches of rain in the coming days. Isolated areas will see 30, 40 and 50 inches of rainfall over its course.
“If you’re sitting in the Houston area and you see a break and the rain lets up, don’t let your guard down. It’s gonna come right back in,” Burke said. “With the storm so stationary, we’re expecting off and on rainfall through at least Wednesday.
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