As Hurricane Harvey dies down and gets downgraded into a tropical storm,, watch out for the flooding and the rainfall.
Torrential rain, flooding and damaging winds will continue over a large part of southeastern Texas as Harvey stalls and meanders nearby into next week.
Even though hurricane-force winds will cease in the coming hours, the worst impact from Harvey may be yet to come considering the amount and duration of rain in store.
“Harvey is likely to be a multi-billion-dollar disaster,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, Texas, on Friday night. Harvey was the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Texas since Carla arrived near Port O’Connor on Sept. 11, 1961. Wilma, in October 2005, was the last major hurricane to make landfall in the United States. Charley, in August of 2004 was the last Category 4 hurricane to hit the U.S. Both Wilma and Charley made landfall in Florida.
Harvey remains a Category 1 hurricane as of 10 a.m. CDT, Saturday, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and higher gusts.
“Even though Harvey will slowly unravel this weekend, it may be still classified as a tropical storm through Tuesday,” Kottlowski said.