Harvey expected to regain strength by midweek


The remnants of Harvey are expected to reorganize and move toward the Texas coast by Friday. The Bahamas wave is expected to move closer to Florida in the next few days (National Hurricane Center)

HOLT, Fla., Aug. 22, 2017–The remnants of tropical storm Harvey are expected to reorganize into a second tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico midweek and make landfall along the Texas coast by Friday.

Located over the Yucatan peninsula, the system will gain strength as it moves over the Bay of Campeche tonight before entering the southwestern Gulf of Mexico Wednesday or Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The NHC forecasts the system to move in the general direction of the Texas coast Friday. Formation of this system through the next five days is 100 percent.

In the Bahamas, the system producing showers and thunderstorms may be slow to develop during the next few days, according to the NHC. As it begins to move northeastward over the western Atlantic, conditions for further development increase.

Formation within the next 48 hours is low at 10 percent; however, chances increase to 30 percent through the next five days.

Hurricane models are not consistent at this time. Some show the system turning to the northeast while some others show the system crossing Florida and moving into the Gulf of Mexico.


Two of NOAA’s hurricane hunter aircraft are the Gulfstream IV-SP jet and the Lockheed WP-3D Orion truboprop. (NOAA)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sent its Gulfstream IV hurricane hunter to the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon on reconnaissance flights to assist with forecasts of Harvey as well as the system over the Bahamas. Additional flights are scheduled for tomorrow.





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