From Meteorologist Zack Fradella as of 12 p.m. central time:
Hurricane Harvey is now inland after making landfall around 10 p.m. central time on Friday night as an intense Category 4 hurricane. The storm made landfall just east of Rockport, Texas and is now the first Category 4 storm to hit the United States since Charley in 2004 and the first major strike since Wilma in 2005.
As of the 10 a.m. CT advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the storm remains a hurricane with winds of 75 mph. The storm is expected to slowly weaken to a tropical storm by Saturday evening. Now that phase 1 of Harvey is winding down as the wind and storm surge subside, our attention turns to phase 2 which is the extensive flood risk coming for the next week.
The National Hurricane Center forecast very little motion to Harvey over the next 5 days. This will lead to days of heavy rain potential for south-central and southeast Texas which could expand into portions of Louisiana as we go into next week. Between 15-30″ of rain are expected over a large area which will lead to the possibility of life-threatening flooding.
Here are some of highest wind gusts reported a time of landfall: 132 mph Port Aransas, 125 mph Copano Village, 83 mph Victoria, 63 mph Corpus Christi
Mark is currently enroute to retrieve the pod in Port O’Connor and will then be heading to Houston for flood coverage.
As they travel back towards Houston today they will document as much damage as possible and post it to our Twitter feed. Follow them on Twitter: @hurricanetrack
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