Category 4 Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport Texas last night as a powerful, destructive cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and a minimum central pressure of 938 mb.
The system, which strengthened from a modest tropical storm to a devastating Category 4 system in a matter of 48 hours, will – in all likelihood – rewrite the weather record books over the state of Texas.
Harvey has stalled along the Texas Gulf Coast and is expected to remain in that region for the better part of the next 5 days.
The result will undoubtedly be catastrophic rainfall, with widespread totals in excess of 20 inches anticipated over a large area of the Texas Gulf Coast and a high likelihood for more localized totals in excess of 35″. In fact, computer models have repeatedly pumped out totals in excess of 40″ and some select model runs have shown totals as high as 60 inches!
— Kyle Griffin (@kgriffin0) August 26, 2017