Harvey holding as a Category 1 hurricane but continually strengthening

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Harvey is a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour. It’s forecast to be at least a Category 3 hurricane when it makes landfall, which is now pointing towards Friday night or early Saturday. Harvey is then likely to stall near or just inland of the middle Texas coast through the weekend.

In a 7 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, Harvey has changed little in strength over the past few hours but strengthening is expected to resume during the next few hours.

The current forecast shows the Austin-metro under tropical storm to possibly category 1 hurricane conditions beginning Saturday evening and through Sunday. Counties southeast of Austin are in the cone of uncertainty for a possible Category 1 hurricane Saturday afternoon.

Hurricane Harvey cone as of 10 p.m. Aug. 24.

Bastrop, Fayette and Caldwell counties are all under Tropical Storm Warnings

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for most of the counties in the KXAN viewing area, including: Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee until 7 a.m Monday.

Watches and warnings as of 8/24 at 4 p.m. Green is only Flash Flood Watch. Red is both Flash Flood Watch and Tropical Storm Warning.

 

Rainfall totals as of 8/24 6 p.m.

During the same time period, Harvey is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 7-15 inches in far south Texas and the Hill Country.

As coastal areas of Texas find themselves under a Hurricane Warning, flooding and rain are the main concerns for south central Texas as Hurricane Harvey strengthens over the Gulf of Mexico.

Wind gusts in Central Texas from Harvey.


 

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • Port Mansfield to Sargent Texas

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • North of Sargent to High Island Texas
  • South of Port Mansfield Texas to the Mouth of the Rio Grande

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • South of Port Mansfield Texas to the Mouth of the Rio Grande

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • South of the Mouth of the Rio Grande to Boca de Catan Mexico

The most significant tropical storm locally in recent memory affected Central Texas in 2010. Tropical Storm Hermine brought 14-16″ of rain in Williamson County and 7″ at Camp Mabry. Three people died at low-water crossings.

In anticipation of Harvey, Gov. Greg Abbott has preemptively declared a State of Disaster for numerous counties along the Texas coast.

Preparing for tropical weather

Tropical systems bring heavy rain and damaging winds to Central Texas. To help residents prepare for storms, the state launched the Texas Emergency portal which offers a variety of resources for planning.

TexasPrepares.org offers a simple, step-by-step guide walking you through planning, building a disaster kit and staying up to date.

For parents, FEMA has a great checklist to help you be ready in the event of an emergency.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has a detailed guide to help make plans in the event of flooding.

Potential power outages

The potential for strong, damaging winds brings the potential for power outages. The links below will take you to individual power providers.

Patrick Tolbert August 24, 201712:09 pm CDT

As of Noon, Harvey has officially become a Category 1 Hurricane.

Patrick Tolbert August 24, 201712:16 pm CDT

Mandatory evacuations have been announced for Rockport and Aransas Pass.

Kate Winkle August 24, 20171:09 pm CDT

There is a voluntary evacuation for the west end of Galveston Island for areas not behind the seawall west of 103rd Street.

Kate Winkle August 24, 20171:09 pm CDT

The City of Corpus Christi issued a voluntary evacuation just after 1 p.m.

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