HOLT, Fla., Aug. 23, 2017–The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey have organized enough for the National Hurricane Center to re-categorize the system as a tropical depression at 10 a.m. CDT today.
The system is in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico about 535 miles south-southeast of Port O’Connor, Texas, and is moving toward the northwest near 9 mph on a northwest or north-northwest track.
Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Harvey could become a hurricane Friday as it approaches the Texas coast.
This system is could slow down once it reaches the coast, increasing the threat of a prolonged period of heavy rainfall and flooding across portions of Texas and Louisiana into early next week.
Harvey could also produce storm surge and tropical storm or hurricane-force winds along portions of the Texas coast later this week. Tropical storm or hurricane watches could be required later today for portions of the coast of northeastern Mexico, Texas and southwestern Louisiana.
Elsewhere, an area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms stretches across the Bahamas and southern Florida.
Any development of this system during the next few days should be slow to occur while it drifts northward over Florida and the adjacent waters.
Environmental conditions could become a little more favorable for further development during the weekend when the system begins to move northeastward over the western Atlantic.
National Hurricane Center