Hurricane Harvey is gaining momentum in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall in Texas on Friday.
Harvey is currently a tropical storm but meteorologists believe that it will be a Category 3 hurricane by Friday evening. The cities in Texas that will be the hardest hit include Corpus Christie, Houston, and Galveston. Coastal cities have already begun evacuating as high winds, heavy rain, and a strong storm surge are in the forecast.
If you are living in Waco, Texas, here is how Harvey will impact you.
As you can see in the photo above, Waco is on the outskirts of the storm track and will only feel isolated impacts from the major storm. Friday and Saturday will see temperatures near 90 degrees with a thunderstorm possible. If the track of the storm changes even slightly, there is a chance that Waco could see significant rainfall over the next couple of days.
“In Central Texas, Harvey’s impacts will depend entirely on how far inland it gets before stalling out. If Harvey moves farther inland before stalling our, rainfall totals may be higher and parts of Central Texas may experience tropical storm conditions. Our current forecast calls for 1″-4″ of rain across our area with locally higher amounts. Rainfall totals will be lower west of I-35 and north of Highway 84. The highest rainfall totals will be south of Highway 84 and east of I-35. Winds may also gust to near 40 MPH with Harvey’s rains in Central Texas. As of now, Central Texas is NOT under any sort of watch or warning in relation to Harvey. Small fluctuations in the track or intensity will change the impact to our area. Rain chances this weekend are near 60% Saturday and Sunday with temperatures in the lower and middle 80s. The heaviest rain will likely fall Saturday but should continue through Sunday too,” says KWTX meteorologist, Sean Bellafiore.
The last hurricane to affect Waco, Texas, was Chantal back in 1989. She carried 70 mph winds and dropped light to moderate rain in the area as she passed through just east of the city.