MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After making landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, in the predawn hours, Tropical Storm Harvey is slowly moving far inland over the state.
At 11 a.m., the center of the tropical storm was about 30 miles west-northwest of Lake Charles with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph with higher gusts.
Harvey is moving toward the north-northeast near 8 mph and this general motion is expected to continue through Thursday. A turn toward the northeast is expected Thursday night and Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Harvey should move through southwestern and central Louisiana today and tonight, then move through northeastern Louisiana and northwestern Mississippi Thursday and Thursday night.
Gradual weakening is expected and Harvey could be a tropical depression by tonight.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* East of High Island Texas to Grand Isle Louisiana
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…
* Holly Beach Louisiana to Morgan City Louisiana
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for…
* Sabine Pass Texas to west of Holly Beach Louisiana
Harvey is expected to produce an additional 3 to 6 inches of rain from southwestern Louisiana and the adjacent border of eastern Texas northeastward into western Kentucky through Friday with isolated amounts up to 10 inches. While the threat of heavy rains has ended in the Houston/Galveston area, catastrophic and life-threatening flooding will continue in and around Houston eastward into southwest Louisiana for the rest of the week. The expected heavy rains spreading northeastward from Louisiana into western Kentucky may also lead to flash flooding and increased river and small stream flooding.
Elsewhere, the outer bands of Harvey are expected to produce additional rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches over portions of the central and eastern Gulf States and 2 to 4 inches farther north into parts of the Tennessee Valley through Friday. These rains may lead to flooding concerns across these areas.
A few tornadoes are possible today and tonight over parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, southern Alabama, and southeast Arkansas.
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