MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on former Tropical Storm Harvey (all times local):
Forecasters say former Tropical Storm Harvey is drifting erratically northwestward over the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the tropical depression was centered about 11 p.m. EDT Wednesday about 445 miles (715 kilometers) southeast of Port Mansfield, Texas. It has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) and is moving to the northwest at 2 mph (4 kph).
The center says Harvey could regain tropical storm status during the night or later Thursday and become a hurricane sometime Friday. It adds Harvey should begin moving faster over the warm Gulf waters in the next 48 hours and approach the Texas coast late Friday.
Harvey is forecast to bring heavy rainfall to the Texas coast and southwest Louisiana over several days starting on Friday and into next week. Forecasters say that rain may cause life-threatening flooding.
An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft has found former tropical storm Harvey hasn’t gained new strength in recent hours as it crawls across the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Wednesday that Harvey could regain tropical storm status in coming hours and become a hurricane Friday as it threatens to bring heavy rains to parts of Texas and southwestern Louisiana later in the week.
Harvey was centered at 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday about 460 miles (740 kilometers) southeast of Port Mansfield, Texas, while moving to the northwest at 2 mph (4 kph), the center said. The storm has top sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph).
Forecasters warn that Harvey is expected to produce rainfall totaling 10 to 15 inches (250-380 millimeters) and possibly up to 20 inches (500 millimeters) in isolated areas of middle and upper Texas and southwest Louisiana. It adds Harvey could cause life-threatening flooding and a dangerous storm surge along the coast.
A hurricane watch is in effect from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass and a tropical storm watch is in effect from Boca de Catan in Mexico to Port Mansfield — as well as north of San Luis Pass to High Island, Texas.
Former Tropical Storm Harvey has restrengthened into a tropical depression forecast to dump heavy rains on the Gulf Coast and become a hurricane by the time it hits Texas on Friday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Wednesday that Harvey is likely to intensify as it moves over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and deliver heavy rain to parts of eastern Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches are expected over the middle and upper Texas coast and southwest Louisiana through next Tuesday. The center has announced a hurricane watch for the Texas coast from north of San Luis Pass to High Island, and warns of possibly dangerous flooding.
At 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Harvey was located 470 miles (755 kms) southeast of Port Mansfield, Texas. It was moving northwest at about 9 mph (15 kph) and had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph).