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KHOU reports that Texas Gov. Greg Abbot has officially declared a state of disaster for 30 counties due to Tropical Depression Harvey making landfall.

The counties that are being warned are as following:

  • Aransas

  • Austin

  • Bee

  • Calhoun

  • Chambers

  • Colorado

  • Brazoria

  • DeWitt

  • Fayette

  • Fort Bend

  • Galveston

  • Goliad

  • Gonzales

  • Harris

  • Jackson

  • Jefferson

  • Jim Wells

  • Karnes

  • Kleberg

  • Lavaca

  • Liberty

  • Live Oak

  • Matagorda

  • Nueces

  • Refugio

  • San Patricio

  • Victoria

  • Waller

  • Wharton

  • Wilson

The State Operations Center has also been ordered to elevate its readiness level as the hurricane approaches. The National Hurricane Center has also put out a statement:

We are anticipating Harvey being a hurricane at landfall.

USA Today reported that the rainfall alone could cause life-threatening flooding across the region.

If residents needed any more convincing that this hurricane could be very deadly, here’s what The Weather Channel had to say about slow moving tropical storms and hurricanes.

  1. Slow Forward Speed Means Major Flooding

    The amount of rainfall a tropical storm or hurricane can produce is a function of its forward speed. As illustrated in the graphic to the right, the slower the speed, the more incredible the rainfall amounts can become.

  2. Piling Up the Water

    Storms that stall or move at a snail's pace near the coastline are known to pile up water and prolong the coastal flooding potential.

  3. Persistent Winds

    Although winds decrease within a tropical storm or hurricane as it moves inland, they can remain strong for a longer period of time.

We urge that all residents in the above areas do whatever necessary to take proper precautions for the tropical storm since it is highly expected to be a hurricane at landfall.

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