Harvey Reforms in Southern Gulf of Mexico, Watches Have Been Issued

Harvey has reformed in the southern Gulf of Mexico. Advisories on Harvey have been re-initiated by the National Hurricane Center following an early morning flight by hurricane hunters which indicated the storm is reorganizing.

A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the coast of Texas from north of Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the coast of Texas from the Mouth of the Rio Grande to Port Mansfield and from north of San Luis Pass to High Island. Interests in southwestern Louisiana should monitor the progress of this system for possible watches this afternoon. A Storm Surge Watch has been issued for the coast of Texas from Port Mansfield to High Island.

Harvey is now a Tropical Depression and is expected to become a Hurricane before approaching the Texas coast on Friday.

Harvey is forecast to stall and then slowly meander east once it moves into the Texas coast. This will cause a long duration of onshore winds in Southeast Texas and all of Louisiana leading to increasing tides. In addition to the storm surge, flooding is a major concern with any slow moving tropical system and some locations could see as much as 1-2 feet by next week.

Residents of Texas and Louisiana need to begin preparations to protect life and property. This will be a long duration storm with multiple days of impacts.

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