The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management has provided the following update regarding Tropical Depression Harvey.
Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management (FBC OEM) is monitoring Tropical Depression Harvey in the Gulf. FBC OEM is currently at Level III (Increased Readiness).
Below is a summary from the latest National Weather Service information:
- The remnants of Harvey are now a tropical depression and will most likely soon become a tropical storm
- Harvey is forecast to be a strong tropical storm or weak hurricane
- A Tropical Storm Watch was issued at 10am for several counties, including Fort Bend County
- Harvey is forecast to make landfall on the mid Texas coast on Friday
- There is the potential for the system to slow down after landfall and then move slowly east or northeast – this will impact our area
- The earliest tropical storm force winds will impact our area is Thursday night but it more likely that we will begin experiencing these winds Friday morning
- It is likely that we will experience tropical storm force winds throughout the weekend and into Monday
- It should be noted that tornadoes are possible in the spiral bands mainly on the right side of the track – this includes our area
- With landfall and then a slow track east and/or northeast means we could experience periods of heavy rain Friday through Monday
- NWS thinks that coastal counties will get about 10-15 inches of rain with up to 20 inches of rain possible
- Counties well inland will experience less
- We will most likely begin to see rain from this system Friday afternoon
- Flash flood watches will be likely in our area as we get closer to the event
- It should be noted that there is still uncertainty in the track of the system, which will affect rainfall totals in our area – we hope to have a more refined forecast later this evening on in the morning.