Tropical Depression Harvey Drifting Erratically Northwestward

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tropical Depression Harvey is drifting erratically northwestward.

At 11 p.m., the center of the system was about 510 miles south-southeast of Port O’Connor, Texas.

The depression is moving toward the northwest near 2 mph.

A track toward the northwest or north-northwest at a faster forward speed is expected for the next 48 hours.

On the forecast track, Harvey should be approaching the Texas coast late Friday or Friday night.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds remain near 35 mph with higher gusts.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Harvey could become a tropical storm later tonight or Thursday and a hurricane Friday or Friday night.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • Port Mansfield to High Island

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • North of Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • Boca De Catan Mexico to Port Mansfield Texas
  • North of San Luis Pass to High Island

Harvey is expected to produce 10 to 15 inches of rain, with some isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches, over the middle and upper Texas coast and southwest Louisiana through next Tuesday, with heavy rainfall beginning as early as Friday morning.

Harvey is also expected to produce 3 to 9 inches of rain in portions of south, central, and northeast Texas and the rest of the lower Mississippi Valley. Rainfall from Harvey could cause life-threatening flooding.

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