Here’s What Experts Say We Can Expect From Tropical Storm Harvey

Michael Bastasch | Energy Editor

Tropical Storm Harvey could move back in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday where it could slightly strengthen before making landfall again the following day.

Harvey made landfall in southeastern Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, bringing with it torrential rainfall and punishing wind. Harvey dropped more than 9 trillion gallons of water over the greater Houston area and Gulf coast region of Texas as it stalled out over land, downgrading to a tropical storm.

The National Weather Service forecasts Harvey moving off the coast Tuesday afternoon. Harvey could gain some steam in the warm Gulf waters, bur forecasters don’t expect it to strengthen significantly.

The National Weather Service forecast:

Tropical Storm Harvey Forecast

Source: Screenshot of http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Regardless if Harvey strengthens significantly or not, it’s expected to dump more rain in the region.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Prediction Center forecasts the “[u]pper Texas coast into southwest Louisiana: an additional 15 to 25 inches, bringing isolated storm totals up to 50 inches over the upper Texas coast,” The Weather Channel reports.

“Farther south into the middle Texas coast, west toward the Texas Hill Country and east across south-central Louisiana: storm totals of 5 to 15 inches,” according to The Weather Channel.

Texas residents can expect flooding to continue, and Louisiana should prepare for more rain and flooding as Harvey moves north after coming ashore again on Wednesday.

“While the inner-core of the storm is disrupted and unlikely to regain strong winds, Harvey’s circulation will be able to draw up considerable moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and deposit it northward from Houston to southern Louisiana,” atmospheric scientist Ryan Maue told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“The storm will then move north very slowly all the while continuing to drop rainfall over saturated flooded areas,” Maue said

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