Harvey might have lost its Tropical Storm status at the weekend, but the tail-end of the storm now threatens to bring ‘multiple hazards’ to Texas.
The remnants of Harvey are “likely to regenerate into a tropical cyclone” over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico today or tomorrow, the NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
The latets NHC alert said Harvey is then forecast to move northwest before possibly making landfall along the Texas coast in the South of the USA by Friday.
It added: “This storm system could produce storm surge flooding along portions of the Texas coast and flooding rainfall across portions of southern and east Texas and western Louisiana.
“Tropical storm or even hurricane force winds are also possible along portions of the Texas coast, although it is too early to determine which areas could see these direct impacts.
“People along the Texas coast should monitor the progress of the system and follow any instructions provided by their local officials.”
The main threat from Harvey is likely to be flooding with heavy rain, gusty thunderstorms and rough surf expected in coastal Texas, according to AccuWeather.
AccuWeather Hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said: ”We expect Harvey to redevelop and gain some strength over the western part of the Gulf of Mexico into early Friday.”
In relation to Texas, he added: “There is the potential for heavy rainfall and significant flooding in the region, even if Harvey remains weak.”
While still a Tropical Storm, Harvey brought heavy rainfall in the ABC Islands (Aruba, Curaçao, and Bonaire) in the Caribbean over the weekend.
The latest NHC tropical weather outlook said: “A broad area of low pressure associated with the remnants of Harvey is located over the eastern Bay of Campeche.
“Environmental conditions are conducive for development, and a tropical depression or tropical storm is very likely to form today or tonight while the low moves northwestward at about 10 mph across the western Gulf of Mexico, possibly reaching the northwestern Gulf coast late Friday.”
The NOAA NWS Weather Prediction Center said: “Computer model guidance since yesterday has begun to indicate the possibility that the remnants of Harvey currently over the Yucatan and southern Gulf of Mexico would re-intensify and move toward Texas later this week into the weekend.”