Hurricane Harvey Inundates Texas

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Hurricane Harvey at landfall

The first major hurricane in nearly 12 years made landfall along the coast of Texas late Friday.  Just northeast of Corpus Christi, winds topped 130 mph making this storm a strong category 4 hurricane as it came ashore.  This is just the 4th category 4 or 5 storm to make landfall in the U.S. since 1970.  Many think these monsters are actually getting more prevalent, but there were 14 of these storms to come ashore in the U.S. from 1926 to 1969.  Central pressure of 938 millibars makes it the 6th lowest central pressure for any land falling hurricane in the U.S. since 1851.

But even with all of those stats, the worst is far from over.  While areas near the eye at landfall got the brunt of the winds, millions will see torrential rains over the next several days which could cause catastrophic flooding.  Upwards of 3 feet of rain is likely in some areas which will send every creek, stream, river, and lake over its banks.  Water will literally be everywhere.  The remnants of Harvey will likely be parked in eastern Texas through at least the middle of next week.