It’s the tropical storms you think are dead but come back to life that you need to be truly afraid of.
One such storm, Tropical Storm Harvey, is poised to pick up copious amounts of moisture from the bathtub warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, before making a slow-speed collision with the low-lying Texas coast this weekend.
THE STORM IS INTENSIFYING AND IS EXPECTED TO BE A HURRICANE AT LANDFALL
Like the meteorological equivalent of a White Walker from Game of Thrones, Harvey had previously been a named storm that dissipated as it crossed Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula earlier this week.
The storm has the potential to drop colossal amounts of rain from Corpus Christi, Texas to Lafayette, Louisiana, with the flood-prone city of Houston in the middle of the threat zone.
Rainfall totals could exceed 20 or even 30 inches in some places, since the storm is expected to meander along the Texas coast once it makes landfall, moving less than 500 miles from Friday through Monday morning.
Some computer models even loop the storm back out over the Gulf of Mexico, only to make a second landfall in northeastern Texas or western Louisiana early next week.
Such a scenario, with a juiced up hurricane making landfall and stalling out, is the stuff of nightmares for flood forecasters, since the number one killer from tropical cyclones is inland flooding.
Parts of Louisiana are still recovering after record rains caused widespread damage in 2016, making this storm particularly unwelcome.
The National Weather Service is raising the alarm with its flood outlooks, warning of “life-threatening flooding” in coastal Texas and western Louisiana in particular.
The agency has hoisted a hurricane warning for areas from Port Mansfield to Matagorda, Texas, including Corpus Cristi.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Houston metro area, including Galveston, Texas.