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Title: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on May 18, 2013, 06:07:32 AM
Grapefruit sized hail.
- Yowbarb
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EXTREME WEATHER: Tornadoes Rip Through North Texas - 6 Dead, Over 100   17,306 Views

http://youtu.be/NufzfqDmVFY
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on May 23, 2013, 01:08:42 PM
TEXANS it's not over storms and a chance of a tornado over a large portion of the US today. Please take care,
Yowbarb
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http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-central/severe-weather-tracker-page
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on March 01, 2014, 03:06:04 PM
Stormy weather is moving into Texas soon. By Sunday there could be tornadoes.
- Yowbarb
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Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on March 02, 2014, 03:32:36 AM
Yowbarb Note
Texas is just one big weather alert tonight through tomorrow night so please check your local weather. Roads will be icy in many areas. Travelling will be dangerous. In other areas to the south tornadoes are a possibility. These images are not even the half of it.

http://www.weather.gov/

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on June 20, 2017, 08:24:27 PM
Some tornadoes may be spawned during the arrival of Tropical Storm CINDY... Lots of rain potentially fatal conditions of various types...
Exercise caution...
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http://www.weather.gov/
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 25, 2017, 01:10:36 AM
http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=TXZ213&warncounty=TXC201&firewxzone=TXZ213&local_place1=Houston%20TX&product1=Hurricane+Local+Statement&lat=29.7606&lon=-95.3697#.WZ_Y2iiGO1s

Hurricane Harvey Local Statement Intermediate Advisory Number 19A
TXZ163-164-176>179-195>200-210>214-226-227-235>238-251500-

Hurricane Harvey Local Statement Intermediate Advisory Number 19A
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX  AL092017
151 AM CDT Fri Aug 25 2017

This product covers Southeast Texas  **DANGEROUS HURRICANE HARVEY STRENGTHENING**

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - None

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Watch are in effect
      for Chambers and Harris
    - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Austin, Colorado,
      Fort Bend, Liberty, Waller, and Wharton
    - A Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect for
      Jackson and Matagorda
    - A Storm Surge Warning and Tropical Storm Warning are in effect
      for Brazoria and Galveston

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 230 miles south of Freeport TX
    - 25.6N 95.1W
    - Storm Intensity 105 mph
    - Movement Northwest or 315 degrees at 10 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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Category 2 Harvey is forecast to continue strengthening and will
most likely become a major hurricane before it makes landfall

somewhere along the Middle Texas Coast Friday. The primary impact from
Harvey still remains very high rainfall amounts that will induce
extreme widespread flooding across southeastern Texas. Tropical storm
force winds, with occasional hurricane force wind gusts, and storm
surge will occur along the coast as early as late Friday afternoon and
persist through Tuesday. Harvey`s wind field has expanded, and
therefore higher storm surge can be expected along the Upper Texas
coastline. Coastal flooding will remain an issue throughout the
weekend and possibly into next week as strong onshore winds will keep
water piled up along the coastline. Again, the primary emphasis is on
the high rainfall amounts that will likely lead to widespread and
prolonged flash flooding.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* FLOODING RAIN:
Protect against life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible
devastating impacts across southeastern Texas.

Potential impacts include:
    - Extreme rainfall flooding may prompt numerous evacuations and
      rescues.
    - Rivers and tributaries may overwhelmingly overflow their banks
      in many places with deep moving water. Small streams, creeks,
      canals, and ditches may become raging rivers. Flood control
      systems and barriers may become stressed.
    - Flood waters can enter numerous structures within multiple
      communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed
      away. Numerous places where flood waters may cover escape
      routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of raging water
      with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become very
      dangerous. Numerous road and bridge closures with some weakened
      or washed out.

* SURGE:
Protect against life-threatening surge having possible devastating
impacts across the upper Texas coast.


Potential impacts in this area include:
    - Widespread deep inundation, with storm surge flooding greatly
      accentuated by powerful battering waves. Structural damage to
      buildings, with many washing away. Damage greatly compounded
      from considerable floating debris. Locations may be
      uninhabitable for an extended period.
    - Near-shore escape routes and secondary roads washed out or
      severely flooded. Flood control systems and barriers may become
      stressed.
    - Extreme beach erosion. New shoreline cuts possible.
    - Massive damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers.
      Numerous small craft broken away from moorings with many lifted
      onshore and stranded.

Also, protect against locally hazardous surge having possible limited
impacts across Galveston Bay.

* WIND:
Protect against life-threatening wind having possible devastating
impacts across Matagorda Bay from Port O`Connor to Sargent.

Potential impacts in this area include:
    - Structural damage to sturdy buildings, some with complete roof
      and wall failures. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Damage
      greatly accentuated by large airborne projectiles. Locations
      may be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
    - Numerous large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and
      roadway signs blown over.
    - Many roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban
      or heavily wooded places. Many bridges, causeways, and access
      routes impassable.
    - Widespread power and communications outages.

* TORNADOES:
Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts

across Southeast Texas. Potential impacts include:
    - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution
      of emergency plans during tropical events.
    - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power
      and communications disruptions.
    - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys
      toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned,
      large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees
      knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats
      pulled from moorings.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* EVACUATIONS:
For those under evacuation orders, leave as soon as practical with a
destination in mind
. Gas up your vehicle well ahead of time. Be sure
that you take all essential materials from your emergency supplies kit.
Let others  know where you are going and when you intend to arrive.

If evacuating the area, stick to prescribed evacuation routes. Look for
additional  traffic information on roadway smart signs and listen to
select radio channels for further travel instructions. Drivers should
not use cell phones while operating vehicles.

For those not under evacuation orders, understand that there are
inherent risks to evacuation (such as traffic congestion, accidents,
and driving in bad weather), so evacuate only if necessary. Help keep
roadways open for those that are under evacuation orders.

If you are exceptionally vulnerable to wind or water hazards from
tropical systems, consider voluntary evacuation, especially if being
officially recommended. Relocate to a predetermined shelter or safe
destination.

If evacuating away from the area or relocating to a nearby shelter,
leave early before weather conditions become hazardous.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:  Now is the time to bring to completion all preparations to protect
life and property in accordance with your emergency plan.

Outside preparations should be wrapped up as soon as possible before weather conditions completely deteriorate. Any remaining evacuations and relocations should be expedited before the onset of tropical
storm force wind.

If you are relocating to safe shelter, leave as early as possible. If heading to a community shelter, become familiar with the shelter rules before arrival, especially if you have special needs or own a pet. Take essential items with you from your Emergency Supplies Kit. Check the latest weather forecast before departing.

Failure to adequately shelter may result in serious injury or loss of life. Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with any orders that are issued. Remember, during the storm 9 1 1 Emergency
Services may not be able to immediately respond if conditions are unsafe. This should be a big factor in your decision making.

Check-in with your emergency points of contact among family, friends, and workmates. Inform them of your status and well-being. Let them know how you intend to ride out the storm and when you plan to
check-in again.

Keep cell phones well charged and handy. Also, cell phone chargers for automobiles can be helpful after the storm. Locate your chargers and keep them with your cell phone.

In emergencies it is best to remain calm. Stay informed and focused on the situation at hand. Exercise patience with those you encounter. Be a Good Samaritan and helpful to others.

If relocating to a nearby shelter or to the home of a family member or friend, drive with extra caution, especially on secondary roads. Remember, many bridges and causeways will be closed once higher winds
arrive. Also, if you encounter water covering the road, seek an alternate route. Always obey official road signs for closures and detours.

Closely monitor NOAA Weather radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes to the forecast.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE   The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Houston/Galveston TX around 430 AM, or sooner if conditions
warrant.

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Storm Surge Watch
STORM SURGE WATCH
NWS HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
124 AM CDT FRI AUG 25 2017

TXZ213-251408-
/O.CON.KHGX.SS.A.1009.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
124 AM CDT FRI AUG 25 2017

...Storm Surge Watch issued August 25 at 1:24AM CDT by NWS
Houston/Galveston TX...

* WIND
- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Below tropical storm force wind
- Peak Wind Forecast: 20-30 mph with gusts to 40 mph

- CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Moderate
- The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the
previous assessment.
- Emergency plans should include a reasonable threat for
strong tropical storm force wind of 58 to 73 mph.
- To be safe, earnestly prepare for the potential of
significant wind impacts. Remaining efforts to secure
properties should now be brought to completion.
- Dangerous wind is possible. Failure to adequately shelter
may result in injury. Move to safe shelter before the wind
becomes hazardous.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant
- Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with
damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few
buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door
failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored.
Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles.
- Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater
numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several
fences and roadway signs blown over.
- Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within
urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways,
and access routes impassable.
- Scattered power and communications outages, but more
prevalent in areas with above ground lines.

* STORM SURGE
- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Localized storm surge possible
- Peak Storm Surge Inundation: The potential for 1-3 feet
above ground somewhere within surge prone areas
- Window of concern: Around high tide

- CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Elevated
-  Be safe and heed the instructions of local officials when moving

about. Do not enter flooded areas.
- Exercise due safety.

- REALIZED IMPACTS: Being Assessed
- Little to no additional surge impacts expected. Community
officials to be assessing the extent of actual surge impacts
accordingly.

* FLOODING RAIN
- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch is in effect
- Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 12-18 inches, with
locally higher amounts

- CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Extreme
- The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from
the previous assessment.
- Emergency plans should include a reasonable threat of
extreme flooding where peak rainfall totals vastly exceed
amounts conducive for flash flooding and rapid inundation.
Rescues and emergency evacuations are very likely.
- To be safe, aggressively prepare for the potential of
devastating to catastrophic flooding rain impacts.
- Life-threatening flooding is possible. Failure to take
action may result in serious injury, significant loss of
life, or human suffering. If flood related watches and
warnings are issued, heed recommended actions. Poor
decisions may result in being cut off or needlessly risk
lives. If vulnerable, relocate to safe shelter on higher
ground before flood waters arrive.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Devastating to Catastrophic
- Extreme rainfall flooding may prompt numerous evacuations
and rescues.
- Rivers and tributaries may overwhelmingly overflow their
banks in many places with deep moving water. Small streams,
creeks, canals, and ditches may become raging rivers. Flood
control systems and barriers may become stressed.
- Flood waters can enter numerous structures within multiple
communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or
washed away. Numerous places where flood waters may cover
escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of
raging water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions
become very dangerous.
Numerous road and bridge closures
with some weakened or washed out.

* TORNADO
- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:
- Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes

- CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Elevated
- The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the
previous assessment.
- When implementing emergency plans, include a reasonable
threat for isolated tornadoes.
- To be safe, prepare for the potential of limited tornado
impacts.
- Listen for tornado watches and warnings. Be ready to
shelter quickly if a tornado approaches.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited
- The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the
execution of emergency plans during tropical events.
- A few places may experience tornado damage, along with
power and communications disruptions.
- Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings,
chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or
overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off,
shallow-rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown
off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.

LAT...LON 2987 9499 2989 9501 2990 9499 2989 9498
          2987 9499
LAT...LON 2986 9503 2984 9501 2986 9498 2982 9492
          2970 9492 2966 9496 2965 9499 2955 9499
          2954 9503 2955 9506 2949 9517 2954 9518
          2955 9523 2958 9526 2965 9526 2962 9534
          2970 9535 2968 9537 2970 9542 2971 9543
          2974 9539 2976 9542 2979 9542 2990 9523
          2989 9520 2990 9515 2995 9514 2994 9512
          2990 9512 2995 9507 2986 9503

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Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 25, 2017, 08:28:02 AM
22 minutes ago -
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http://abc13.com/weather/watch-live-harvey-strengthens-to-category-2/39346/

WEATHER
Harvey strengthens to Category 2 hurricane with landfall expected today

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Hurricane Harvey has strengthened to a Category 2 storm this morning as it closes in on the central coast of Texas.

WATCH LIVE: Casey Curry answers your questions about Hurricane Harvey: http://abc13.com/live/23374/

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The storm has maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.
Harvey was already expected to make landfall as a "major hurricane." The direct impact will be felt along the Texas coast later this evening into Saturday morning.

A Hurricane Wind Warning has been issued for the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to Sargent.

A Tropical Storm Wind Warning has been issued for much of southeast Texas, including Houston and Galveston.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for coastal sections of Matagorda, Galveston and Brazoria counties. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Chambers and Harris counties.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for most of southeast Texas through Monday morning.

After landfall, the moisture from Harvey is expected to bring widespread heavy rain and flooding to southeast Texas starting Friday and continuing through the weekend. Over 25-35" of rain is possible across parts of southeast Texas. Major flooding is likely.
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 25, 2017, 11:04:39 AM
A NOAA spokesperson said, about an hour ago this will probably be the strongest hurricane and weather event Texas has faced for fifty years.
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 25, 2017, 12:13:11 PM
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/  Hurricane Harvey 
...2 PM CDT POSITION AND INTENSITY UPDATE... ...HARVEY STRENGTHENS INTO A CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE...
2:00 PM CDT Fri Aug 25
Location: 27.2°N 96.4°W
Moving: NW at 10 mph
Min pressure: 943 mb
Max sustained: 120 mph
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 25, 2017, 03:57:07 PM
video -

Texas Gov Abbott Prepares for Harvey

https://youtu.be/7paZKbYuw3g

Published on Aug 25, 2017
1-800-Red-Cross - Runs on food, water, gas and other supplies have already begun as residents along the Texas coast prepare for Harvey. Evacuees have started arriving in Dallas. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a disaster for 30 Texas counties. Hurricane Harvey Could Impact Gas Prices Nationwide; Oil Rig Workers Evacuated off oil rigs in the Gulf. At least one college campus will close and evacuate Thursday.
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 25, 2017, 03:58:27 PM
It is almost 6 PM there in TX. If they are going to use those 500 buses and get people out of there, let's hope it's well underway, now...
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 25, 2017, 04:09:49 PM
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

6 PM CDT POSITION AND INTENSITY UPDATE... ...HARVEY BECOMES A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE... ...SUSTAINED HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS SPREADING ONTO THE MIDDLE TEXAS COAST...

6:00 PM CDT Fri Aug 25
Location: 27.7°N 96.7°W
Moving: NW at 8 mph
Min pressure: 941 mb
Max sustained: 130 mph
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 25, 2017, 04:10:31 PM
video, 4 hrs ago

Published on Aug 25, 2017

Evacuations underway as Hurricane Harvey barrels towards Texas  5;30

CBS News correspondent David Begnaud is in Corpus Christi, Texas, where tens of thousands of people are evacuating and making last-minute preparations as Hurricane Harvey strengthens off the coast.
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 26, 2017, 05:33:25 AM
Video on page:

Updated 30 mins ago

http://abc13.com/211000-customers-without-power-as-harvey-strikes-texas/2340044/

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Officials said more than 211,000 customers in Texas are without power after Hurricane Harvey made landfall overnight near Rockport.

About 57,000 of those customers can be found right here in the Houston area.

ERCOT said it is monitoring power grids to ensure overall reliability across the state, but that high winds were expected to impact electricity.
Where there are high winds with a tropical system, you'll find power outages.

Check the CenterPoint outage tracker for the latest information. Customers can also sign up for alerts from the company with estimates on power being restored.

Centerpoint Energy said they have thousands of workers ready to tackle outages caused by Hurricane Harvey, but cautioned they may need help from outside Houston to get the lights back on.

Saturday morning
As Hurricane Harvey slams Texas at its peak, the lights are likely to go out in Victoria, Palacios, and areas as far north as Wharton County.

Saturday evening
If you live in the Houston area, this is when you would most likely begin seeing power outages, particularly in the southern parts of Harris County.

Sunday morning
Centerpoint crews will most likely be found working to restore electricity in areas like Angleton, Wharton, Victoria, and down the coastline. The power might also be out in Beaumont, Galveston, Liberty and east Harris County.
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 26, 2017, 05:39:47 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Harvey#Texas   Hurricane Harvey

[This article documents a current disaster. Information regarding it may change rapidly as more information becomes available...]

Hurricane Harvey is a currently active tropical cyclone that recently made landfall in Texas as a major hurricane. Being the first storm of such intensity to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, it ended a 12-year period with no storms making landfall in the United States at Category 3 or greater intensity. It is the first category 4 hurricane since Charley in 2004 to affect mainlaind U.S. For the state of Texas, it is the first hurricane to hit the state since Ike in 2008, and the strongest to hit the state since Carla in 1961. It is also the strongest hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico since Hurricane Rita in 2005.

The eighth named storm, third hurricane, and the first major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, Harvey developed from a tropical wave to the east of the Lesser Antilles on August 17. The storm crossed through the Windward Islands on the following day, passing just south of Barbados and later near Saint Vincent. Upon entering the Caribbean Sea, Harvey began to weaken due to moderate wind shear and degenerated into a tropical wave north of Colombia early on August 19. The remnants were monitored for regeneration as it continued west-northwestward across the Caribbean and the Yucatán Peninsula, before re-developing over the Bay of Campeche on August 23. Harvey then began to rapidly intensify on August 24, re-gaining tropical storm status and becoming a hurricane later that day. Moving generally northwestwards, Harvey's intensification phase stalled slightly overnight from August 24–25, however Harvey soon resumed strengthening and became a Category 4 hurricane late on August 25. Hours later, Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas at peak intensity.
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 26, 2017, 11:05:15 PM
As many of you know, HARVEY made landfall in Rockport, TX as a Cat 4.
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 26, 2017, 11:10:54 PM
video and news -

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/27/us/harvey-landfall/index.html

Houston area copes with flooding as Harvey delivers pounding rainfall

By Ray Sanchez, Nicole Chavez, Steve Almasy and Joe Sterling, CNN
Updated 1:25 AM ET, Sun August 27, 2017

A burnt out house that caught fire after Hurricane Harvey hit Corpus Christi, Texas is seen on August 26, 2017.  Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast with forecasters saying its possible for up to 3 feet of rain and 125 mph winds.
Play

Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 26, 2017, 11:28:04 PM
Aftermath of Cat 4 Hurricane HARVEY
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 27, 2017, 12:56:57 PM
Yowbarb Note - It is not fun what Houstonians are going through right now. People wading in waist-deep water, pulling their little kids and a few belongings, in the rain. Where they are going to, who knows... Overnight as the outer bands of Tropical Storm HARVEY hit Houston over 1,000 people were rescued from rising water. It will take awhile to figure out how many perished in Rockport, TX where Cat 4 HARVEY made landfall. There was an evac order but some stayed. They were warned no one will be able to go out in what is to come, to rescue them. Today, crews going door to door to help survivors and collect dead bodies...
I know national guard is there somewhere...FEMA said they would be there a long time helping... The Mayor of Houston said no way could they put 6 million people on the road, that is why he died not order mandatory evacuation...
One thing is sure, flooding is still going on. Rain has not stopped except intermittently, water is rising...This CNN news update is from ten min ago:
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https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/hurricane-harvey-houston-texas-flooding

Catastrophic, Historic Flooding Happening Now in Houston; Governor Activates 3,000 Federal and State Guard Members
By Pam Wright
Aug 27 2017 03:30 PM EDT
weather.com

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has activated 3,000 national and state guard members after Harvey dumped more than two feet of rain on Houston metro, causing historic and catastrophic flooding from rainfall that has been characterized by the National Weather Service as "beyond anything experienced before."

Thousands of homes continue to take on water and hundreds of people remain trapped and stranded in rising floodwaters across the Houston area. More than 1,000 people have been rescued so far and the death toll from Harvey rose to three.

“There is life-threatening, catastrophic flooding happening now in Southeast Harris County,” Jeff Lindner of the Harris County Flood Control District told The Weather Channel.

Two people have died in the Houston area in flood-related deaths as torrential rain continues to fall, according to the National Weather Service.

Dr. Greg Postel, meteorologist and hurricane specialist for The Weather Channel, said the flooding unfolding in the Houston area "could be the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history;" and Gov. Abbott, appearing on Fox News Sunday, said: "We're measuring rain these days not in inches but in feet."

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said during a Sunday morning press conference that the city has received more than 2000 emergency calls and urged people to "remain calm, remain patient." He noted that most thoroughfares are impassable and said he's ordered neighborhoods to open libraries and multi-service centers to offer "lilypad" safe havens for people who cannot flee the city because of flooded roads.

"I don't care if there is no food or water there, I just need to have a safe place for people to go," he said.

With nearly 9 million people under flash-flood warnings, rescuers say they've received too many calls to respond to each one and have had to prioritize life-and-death situations, the AP reports.

When reporters asked why no evacuations were ordered despite days of warnings from the National Weather Service, Turner said it would have been "too dangerous" to have millions of residents on the road, noting that "if you think the situation right now is bad and you give an order to evacuate, you are creating a nightmare."

"The best place is for people to remain in their homes," he said.

(MORE: Why Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Didn't Order Evacuations Before Harvey's Flooding Rains Arrived)
https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/hurricane-harvey-why-evacuations-not-ordered-in-houston

Back to main article:

The mayor and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez urged people to only use 911 in dire emergencies, noting that dispatchers were struggling to keep up with the calls.
"Difficult to get to everyone right away," Gonzalez tweeted. "Hang tight."

Residents have been forced to climb into their attics to escape rising water, KTRK-TV reports, and Gonzalez noted that a family of 10 were rescued from an attic early Sunday by the mayor pro tem of South Houston.

The National Weather Service is warning people to seek shelter on their roofs rather than in attics to avoid becoming trapped by rushing water.

Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 27, 2017, 01:04:41 PM
22 min ago.
Video on this page:  http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/27/us/harvey-landfall/index.html
...
Officials warn deluged Houston could see 4-5 more days of rain

By Ralph Ellis, Ray Sanchez, Nicole Chavez and Joe Sterling, CNN
Updated 3:37 PM ET, Sun August 27, 2017
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: R.R. Book on August 27, 2017, 03:05:54 PM
Barb, I clicked on one of your news video links, which said that the most badly affected parts of the greater Houston area received 27" of rain and may be expecting 20 more inches ahead.

Very difficult to imagine...

Thanks for keeping us so well informed!
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 27, 2017, 04:31:08 PM
Barb, I clicked on one of your news video links, which said that the most badly affected parts of the greater Houston area received 27" of rain and may be expecting 20 more inches ahead.

Very difficult to imagine...

Thanks for keeping us so well informed!

R.R. that's right! I heard it but was in a hurry and didn't post. 27" as of a few hours ago.
I think the danger of this situation has been vastly underestimated...
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 27, 2017, 04:34:14 PM
If I were living in that area (and able to get out ahead of time) I would have left when HARVEY became a Cat 1 storm. The probably forecast was for it to hit TX ..a few days ago...
I do know it is not always so easy to get out and certainly not unless thousands of buses are made available.
lots of planning would have had to be done to find places to put all the evacuees too. I do know evacuees from Rockport were successfully sheltered farther north...
If I were in charge I would have had navy vessels picking up people and getting them out of the area... Rockport certainly needed help getting the last few out. They will find more bodies there than they thought, IMHO.
Well I know the rescue services, first responders, Army Guard and by now some Federal people working their brains out to try and help. Bless 'em all...
...Video on page: Drone footage shows Harvey's destruction 00:45  5:59 PM ET, Sun August 27, 2017

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/27/us/texas-harvey-latest/?lf-content=210307304:lb-post-5b6afbfb98b7fec5a91ef6345636625f@livefyre.com&hubRefSrc=permalink

Harvey wallops Texas: Live updates
By Nicole Chavez, Ralph Ellis, Pete Burn and Emanuella Grinberg, CNN
Updated 5:59 PM ET, Sun August 27, 2017
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 27, 2017, 05:05:23 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/27/us/texas-harvey-latest/?lf-content=210307304:lb-post-5b6afbfb98b7fec5a91ef6345636625f@livefyre.com&hubRefSrc=permalink

...Texas governor Greg Abbott told CBS he was “not capable at this time of confirming” the number of fatalities caused by the hurricane.
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 27, 2017, 08:50:18 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/27/us/harvey-landfall/index.html?adkey=bn

Houston (CNN)Harvey is no longer a hurricane, but life-threatening flooding continued in and around Houston on Sunday night as citizens with boats assisted authorities in search and rescue efforts.

Flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey is overburdening resources in the country's fourth-largest city, prompting authorities to call on volunteers with watercraft for help in rescuing those trapped in homes and buildings.
An immediate respite from Harvey's wrath seems unlikely to come. The National Weather Service calls the flooding "unprecedented," and warns things may become more dire if a forecasted record-breaking 50 inches of rain does fall on parts of Texas in coming days. In anticipation of a worsening situation, Dallas is turning its main convention center into a "mega-shelter" that can host 5,000 evacuees.
The rainfall threatens to exacerbate an already dangerous situation, as Harvey's rains have left many east Texas rivers and bayous swollen to their banks or beyond... [continues]
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https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather/2017/08/25/hurricane-harvey-north-texans-can-help

Hurricane Harvey: How North Texans can help

This post will be updated throughout as new information becomes available.
Some Harvey evacuees have come to Dallas-Fort Worth to avoid the damage and danger of the storms.
Here's how North Texans can help, with shelter, supplies and volunteer efforts:

Volunteer:
CITY OF DALLAS: Volunteers may be needed to help evacuees at designated recreation centers. Volunteers can register online.  http://www.voly.org/join/index.html
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: R.R. Book on August 28, 2017, 02:42:05 PM
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If I were in charge I would have had navy vessels picking up people and getting them out of the area...

Great idea Barb, either that or Coast Guard!
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Jimfarmer on August 28, 2017, 08:46:44 PM
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If I were in charge I would have had navy vessels picking up people and getting them out of the area...

Great idea Barb, either that or Coast Guard!

Ships do not attempt to dock in rough seas, they would smash against the dock and bob up and down, making boarding impossible.  I was in a hotel with view of a harbor during a hurricane many years ago, and all ships had gone out to sea.
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 28, 2017, 08:55:14 PM
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If I were in charge I would have had navy vessels picking up people and getting them out of the area...

Great idea Barb, either that or Coast Guard!

Ships do not attempt to dock in rough seas, they would smash against the dock and bob up and down, making boarding impossible.  I was in a hotel with view of a harbor during a hurricane many years ago, and all ships had gone out to sea.
Well, Jimfarmer, that is true. I suppose I was thinking of the timing being before it got very rough... It would have taken some pretty good predicting to know exactly when...
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 28, 2017, 09:00:25 PM
RE Tropical Storm HARVEY in TX:
The pressure of TS Harvey dropped down to 997 millobars.
Wed 7 AM is when the center of circulation will be closest to Houston... 39-73 mph winds.
Wed PM: This forecast track has the center of circulation over to the Louisiana line, by then.
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http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at4+shtml/031610.shtml?cone#contents   

Coastal Watches/Warnings and Forecast Cone for Storm Center
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 28, 2017, 10:26:44 PM
Video, over two hours long, Fox News, about flood rescues by volunteer and govt personnel such as the Coast Guard. Video of rescues from Monday.
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HAPPENING NOW: Rescues are still underway in parts of Texas. Monday, 28 August 2017

https://youtu.be/605LkLK0XS0

Published on Aug 28, 2017
HAPPENING NOW: Rescues are still underway in parts of Texas, after Hurricane Harvey caused flooding that has stranded many.
Monday, 28 August 2017
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: osu4480 on August 29, 2017, 10:34:57 AM
Hurricanes do not just sit in one place for days.  I suspect some "weather modification' such as the use of H.A.A.R.P. or similar technology being used!
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 29, 2017, 10:54:46 AM
The pressure has not dropped on TS Harvey, still 997 millobars of pressure.
NWS Home page and US Map:  http://www.weather.gov/

GALVESTON, A mandatory evacuation, only one area, see details in msg:
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http://www.weather.gov/

http://www.weather.gov/hgx/

http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=usa&wwa=Civil%20Emergency%20Message

Civil Emergency Message
TXC201-301345-

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE
NORTHGATE CROSSING MUNICIPAL UTILITY NO. 1
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
838 PM CDT MON AUG 28 2017

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE
NORTHGATE CROSSING MUNICIPAL UTILITY NO. 1 (THE WATER DISTRICT)

THE NORTHGATE CROSSING MUNICIPAL UTILITY NO. 1 (THE WATER
DISTRICT) HAS ANNOUNCED THAT A MANDATORY EVACUATION FROM THE
WATER DISTRICT IS NECESSARY. THIS INCLUDES THE NORTHWOOD PINES
SUBDIVISION. IT IS POSSIBLE, IF CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO DETERIORATE
AT THE CURRENT RATE, YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO LEAVE THE WATER
DISTRICT AFTER 11 PM.

NORTHWOOD PINES RESIDENTS SHOULD PREPARE FOR IMMEDIATE MANDATORY
EVACUATION. PLEASE EXIT THE WATER DISTRICT ALONG I-45 SOUTH AND
PROCEED TO SPRING HIGH SCHOOL LOCATED AT 19428 I-45, SPRING TX
77373 FOR SHELTER. TO REACH SPRING HIGH SCHOOL, EXIT CYPRESSWOOD
DRIVE AND TURN LEFT. SPRING HIGH SCHOOL IS LOCATED ON THE LEFT.

$$
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 29, 2017, 11:02:18 AM
Hurricanes do not just sit in one place for days.  I suspect some "weather modification' such as the use of H.A.A.R.P. or similar technology being used!

If there are no steering currents to take it away, yes it can stay stationary for awhile...more info later.
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 29, 2017, 12:51:54 PM
Yowbarb Note: Breaking News, CNN -
New continental rainfall record:  49 inches has fallen on Houston
and it's not done yet.
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 29, 2017, 08:39:12 PM
GET OUT NOW was the emergency message from Brazoria County after the levee broke.
Problem is most of the evacuation roads are totally flooded. Not sure the update to this story.
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http://wtaw.com/2017/08/29/tuesday-harvey-update/

11:05 a.m.

Officials say a levee near a subdivision of homes in a county south of Houston has been breached and water is pouring into the area.

Brazoria County posted this message on Twitter on Tuesday morning: “NOTICE: The levee at Columbia Lakes has been breached!! GET OUT NOW!!”

Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta says that the water has come over the levee in the northeast part of the subdivision and is starting to fill the area.

He says residents were told that at some point the levee would be “overtopped.” He said that a mandatory evacuation order was issued Sunday.

Sebesta says there are hundreds of homes there. He says hopefully “very few” are still in the area.

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Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on August 30, 2017, 09:07:39 PM
Yowbarb Note - As you all know, the extreme misery in TX is not over.  Most of Harvey has finally moved out of Texas into Louisiana - but the flood waters remain... with some abatement... Lots of water, everywhere...
Even at this time, some people are trying to be make it to to shelters... people have lost their homes, furniture all their possessions, keepsakes, photos, precious items, perhaps they have lost family members and pets as well. Thanks to the hard working people, volunteers and professionals - people are being continually helped. Thousands were scooped up and taken out of flood waters on trucks, boats, military helicopters.

From the Daily Caller:
"...The storm is breaking long-standing rainfall records. A rain gauge in the southeast section of Houston, for instance, reported 49 inches of rain Tuesday, nearly four days after Harvey made landfall. The total, which was recorded from Aug. 24 to Tuesday, is higher than the 48 inches set during tropical cyclone Amelia in 1978.
Officials suggest that things will likely get worse for Houston before they get better. Citizens should expect two more feet of rain on top of whatever amount has already fallen, authorities noted Tuesday, adding that the worst could be yet to come. Emergency crews have already rescued 3,000 people in Houston, among other nearby cities."
...
Yowbarb Note, continued - There is more to the situation: The Houston area is a world hub of chemical plants. I saw some coverage about this on TV today. Remember the explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas which I posted about, a long time ago? If this plant in Crosby, Texas blows, it will be way worse. People for a mile and a half radius all around the plant have been evacuated. Not mandatory. Some have decided to stay. Article below:
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http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/30/tropical-storm-harvey-could-trigger-explosion-at-giant-chemical-plant-in-texas/

Tropical Storm Harvey Could Trigger Explosion At Giant Chemical Plant In Texas

CHRIS WHITE
Energy Reporter
10:51 AM 08/30/2017

Officials are evacuating employees and residents near a chemical plant in Houston at risk of exploding because of a chemical reactions with high floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey.

The situation has become serious, officials at the plant said Wednesday night. The Arkema chemical site in Crosby, Texas, was shutdown Friday in anticipation of for Harvey’s landfall.

Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain on Crosby, leaving the site water-logged and without power for several days. Officials are worried the mixture of toxic chemicals and standing water could cause a massive fire. They’ve evacuated residents within a 1.5 mile radius of the plant.

Officials are working with the Department of Homeland Security and the State to set construct a triage center near the plant. high water levels have compromised the area’s refrigeration system on back-up product storage containers.

Authorities told reporters there is no immediate danger, but torrential rain creates a risk for a chemical reaction leading to a fire and/or explosion.
Follow Chris White on Facebook and Twitter.

licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.
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Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on September 01, 2017, 12:08:35 AM
Yowbarb Note: Update on the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, TX. Image farther below, "Yes the plume is incredibly dangerous" - FEMA. Referring to molten petrochemicals and plastics degrading and exploding at the site. Most people voluntarily evacuated the area before the explosion, fire and smoke. Excerpts from article:
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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/us/harvey-houston-texas-flood.html?mcubz=0

...A series of small explosions shook a chemical plant about 25 miles northeast of downtown Houston on Thursday and more blasts were expected, after floodwaters shut down the cooling systems that kept the chemicals stable. Twenty-one emergency workers were treated for exposure to the resulting fumes and smoke, which were described as a lung and eye irritant.

It appeared that the health and safety risk from the plant was limited. But in a region dotted with chemical factories, oil refineries and natural gas plants, the explosions at the Arkema plant near Crosby, Tex., underscore the worries that many people have about the lingering dangers that damage from the storm poses to the region’s infrastructure, economy and health.
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http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/business/article170658792.html   

Officials monitoring chemical plant after explosion, fire

The Associated Press
SEPTEMBER 01, 2017 2:23 AM

HOUSTON
A fire official says authorities are monitoring a flooded chemical plant near Houston after a blaze caused by an explosion was put out.

Explosions and fires rocked the flood-crippled Arkema Inc. plant in Crosby early Thursday. The plant's owners warned more explosions could follow because a loss of refrigeration was causing chemicals stored there to degrade and burn.

Harris County Fire Marshal spokeswoman Rachel K. Moreno said the fire that began early Thursday in a trailer at the plant went out around noon. She said there are eight other trailers on the site that they are monitoring.
Moreno said her agency was notified Tuesday morning about the facility's power outage, which they believe was caused by flooding.

Fire and police are maintaining the 1.5 mile buffer indefinitely.

She said officials are uncertain about the water levels at the facility because they aren't sending first responders beyond the buffer zone.
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Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on September 01, 2017, 12:50:58 AM
12:01 AM
Sept 01, 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/us/harvey-houston-texas-flood.html?mcubz=0

Harvey Live Updates: New Worries About Storm Damage as Beaumont’s Drinking Water Shuts Off

With drinking water cut off, its river still rising, and most routes in and out of the city flooded, Beaumont suffered the worst of Texas’ hardships on Thursday, and they showed no sign of abating.

Flooding shut down the pumping plants that supply water to Beaumont in the morning, prompting a hospital to transport its patients out of the city, and trucks carrying bottled water struggled to reach the largely isolated city.

The Neches River surged far beyond its banks, into streets, houses and businesses in the city of almost 120,000 people 70 miles east-northeast of Houston, reaching six feet above the previous record by afternoon, the National Weather Service reported. It was projected to rise another foot by Friday afternoon.

The loss of water was just one of a host of new dangers emerging in the aftermath of Harvey, a storm system that pounded southeast Texas with record rainfall for several days before blowing across Louisiana and into Mississippi. Once a Category 4 hurricane, Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical depression.

A series of small explosions shook a chemical plant about 25 miles northeast of downtown Houston on Thursday and more blasts were expected, after floodwaters shut down the cooling systems that kept the chemicals stable. Twenty-one emergency workers were treated for exposure to the resulting fumes and smoke, which were described as a lung and eye irritant.

It appeared that the health and safety risk from the plant was limited. But in a region dotted with chemical factories, oil refineries and natural gas plants, the explosions at the Arkema plant near Crosby, Tex., underscore the worries that many people have about the lingering dangers that damage from the storm poses to the region’s infrastructure, economy and health.

Houston officials ordered mandatory evacuation of areas around the Barker Reservoir, as flooding from that basin, and the nearby Addicks Reservoir, continued to pour into neighborhoods on the city’s western edge. In other parts of the city, floodwaters receded, exposing countless losses and new hazards, like ruined and abandoned vehicles blocking roads, damaged electrical systems, and mold.

As residents of the region tried to assess the damage and some returned to their homes, weather forecasters had some bad news: More rain is expected early next week.
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on September 01, 2017, 01:45:33 PM
Preliminary Rainfall totals for TEXAS, during Hurricane HARVEY. Rain and flooding risks are still happening. NHC will continue to post about these even though HARVEY is now a Post-Tropical Cyclone, no longer in TX.
Posting here rainfall estimates and wind gusts for TX. More info in the regular hurricanes Topic in Earth Changes Board.  (Hurricane Season 2017)
Refreshable link for flooding updates:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIAWPCAT4+shtml/011456.shtml
Title: Re: Southwest Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Post by: Yowbarb on September 29, 2018, 04:31:14 AM
https://weather.com/storms/hurricane-central

Flooding Rain Possible in Desert Southwest from Hurricane Rosa

Hurricane Rosa is expected to make landfall on Baja over the next couple of days. Then the system is forecast to bring heavy rain to the desert Southwest.