Harvey to be major rainmaker in Louisiana

August 24, 2017 - 9:01 am

Governor John Bel Edwards will hold a news conference this morning at GOHSEP to provide updates on Tropical Storm Harvey. State Climatologist Barry Keim says this system will likely be more of a rainmaker for most of Louisiana, but areas across the coast are looking at more complicated circumstances. He says it’s not the time to be fishing in the Gulf.

“The southwest and south central Louisiana could see some modest storm surge along the coast on the order of a couple of feet but with high surge on top of that bringing very dangerous rip current conditions on top of that.”

Keim says Harvey should make landfall around the central-Texas coast sometime Friday evening. He says once that happens, the system is expected to turn eastward, and slow down. There’s the potential that over 20 inches of rain, with Houston/Galveston being ground zero.

“But as I noted, southwestern Louisiana could also see some pretty extreme heavy rainfall and there is a possibility for heavy rainfall all across the state.”

Keim says 5 to 10 inches of rain over any given area of the state can not be ruled out over the next week. He says once that storm stalls, it could sit there for a couple of days.

“The longer that thing sits there, the more rainfall it’s going to produce over the region. The slow speed of it is going to be a serious problem for this entire region.”

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