MIDWAY, Fl. (WTXL) -- The major story developing today is the progression and intensification of Tropical Storm Harvey. In addition, the former "Invest 92L" is still bringing rain/flood issues to parts of Florida.
First, Harvey. Over the last 12 hours, the system has strengthened dramatically, going from a tropical storm overnight to now closing in on hurricane status.
The latest forecast by the National Hurricane Center has Harvey becoming a CATEGORY 3 hurricane before making landfall near the vicinity of Corpus Christi.
The storm will be bringing very heavy and widespread downpours with strong gusty winds and life-threatening storm surge.
The storm is expected to stall over Texas after making landfall, aggravating the flood threat over SE Texas. Some areas may experience up to 15" - 20" of rain through Tuesday.
Advisories issued by the National Hurricane Center are below:
A STORM SURGE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * PORT MANSFIELD TO SAN LUIS PASS TEXAS A STORM SURGE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR... * SOUTH OF PORT MANSFIELD TEXAS TO THE MOUTH OF THE RIO GRANDE * NORTH OF SAN LUIS PASS TO HIGH ISLAND TEXAS A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * PORT MANSFIELD TO MATAGORDA TEXAS A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * NORTH OF MATAGORDA TO HIGH ISLAND TEXAS * SOUTH OF PORT MANSFIELD TEXAS TO THE MOUTH OF THE RIO GRANDE A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR... * SOUTH OF PORT MANSFIELD TEXAS TO THE MOUTH OF THE RIO GRANDE A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR... * SOUTH OF THE MOUTH OF THE RIO GRANDE TO BOCA DE CATAN MEXICO
Aside from Harvey, a disturbance SW of Florida has a 30% chance of developing into a tropical depression within the next five days. This disturbance can bring several inches of rain to the peninsula. It is NOT expected to have direct impacts on the Big Bend and South Georgia.
You can catch the forecast on ABC 27 News starting at 5:00 each morning, as well as ABC 27 News at Noon. Chief Meteorologist Casanova Nurse has your forecast at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 11:00 this evening.
Plus, you can get the First Alert forecast every 10 minutes on Channel 27.3 Weather NOW.
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