Meteorologist Steve Caparotta explains latest on TD Harvey the Gulf

Cheryl Sanders
August 24, 2017

A brewing weather system over the Bahamas could bring heavy rains to the Sarasota-Manatee area this weekend, forecasters say.

Harvey's development is expected to be gradual over the next 24 hours before it eventually picks up steam. A storm surge watch was in effect for Port Mansfield to High Island.

The forecast track of Tropical Depression Harvey, and watches issued by the National Hurricane Center. National Hurricane Center forecasters said in a morning advisory that sustained winds topped 35 miles per hour as the depression headed to the northwest at about 9 miles per hour.

National Hurricane Center is making headlines since it revealed that there are full chances of Harvey redeveloping.

By this weekend Harvey will be moving over the southern coast of Texas near Corpus Christi, where the National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Watch. "By tomorrow Tuesday most of the rainfall is going to spread inland as the system moves more towards the west".

Harvey is likely to bring multiple hazards, including heavy rainfall, storm surge, and possible hurricane conditions to portions of the Texas coast beginning on Friday.

Forecasters said Harvey could become a Category 1 hurricane as it approaches the Texas coast on Friday.

The National Hurricane Center said areas far inland, including Houston, the fourth-largest city in the USA, could experience flooding from Harvey's vast amounts of potential rainfall. Since some of the system will be over land, there's little chance of it becoming a tropical depression or storm today.

However, the weather service cautioned all those along the Texas coast to keep an eye on the system, because confidence is increasing for some sort of Texas impact. There is a general agreement between the forecast models that Harvey will stall and spin over southeast Texas throughout the weekend.

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