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Hurricane Harvey will hit Texas Saturday, here’s what to expect

Harvey will hit the Texas Gulf Coast early Saturday, potentially the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 12 years

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Tropical Storm Harvey strengthened into a hurricane Thursday, where it’s expected to bring potentially devastating flooding to coastal Texas, meteorologists said.

While our area in Northwest Austin and the hill country is far enough inland to miss the worst of the hurricane — there will be heavy rainfall, flash flooding and high speed winds in our area this weekend, said Steve Smart, National Weather Service meteorologist.

“A lot of this will be depending on where the weather system goes, its intensity and how long it will stay there,” he said. “However, for the hill country and close to the I-35 corridor, this weekend is certainly one that will be affected by this tropical system as it moves inland a bit.”

Northwest Austin and Williamson County can expect to see anywhere between 5 to 12 inches of rain, and wind speeds between 40 and 50 mph in addition to flash flooding.

As of today, Harvey is at category 1, but is expected to increase to category 3 —  which means winds ranging from 111 to 130 mph — by time it hits landfall. There’s some uncertainty to how the storm will progress once it hits land, where it could stall or move further west or north depending on several factors, Smart said.

“If my mother was asking me from the hill country, I would say now is the time to plan and prepare and have all the stores to last the weekend and provide for people, pets and elderly,” he said. “You’re likely to be affected and need to prepare for copious amounts of rainfall.”

As the storm progresses, the public is advised to follow media and the National Weather Service for updates on social media, radio, TV or online.

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Here’s a the forecast for our area as of 10:00 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service:

Today

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Tropical storm conditions possible. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 71. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

Tropical storm conditions possible. Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 80. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Saturday Night

Tropical storm conditions possible. Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, with a low around 71. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Sunday

Tropical storm conditions possible. Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

Monday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. North northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Monday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. North northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.


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