Heavy rain, flooding possible as Hurricane Harvey moves toward Coast

Heavy rain, flooding possible as Hurricane Harvey moves toward Coast

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Mississippi Power storm team members are carefully watching the progress of Hurricane Harvey and are ready to go into action if the system directly threatens the company’s service territory.

Although the official projected path takes the center of Harvey inland over coastal Texas, heavy rainfall and the potential for flooding is possible for much of Louisiana and south Mississippi.

“On the current predicted track, the effects from Harvey could be similar to what the area experienced when Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in June far west of here,” said Robert Boyd, Distribution support supervisor. “As of now, heavy rainfall is the main risk, with anywhere from 4-6 inches expected for much of the area, with some isolated areas receiving up to eight inches. The heavy rainfall will likely lead to ponding of water in low lying areas and flash flooding is possible.”

According to the National Weather Service, the latest forecast calls for Harvey to “slowly approach the Texas coast on Friday, then slowly turn to the northeast to east-northeast this weekend.”

“Harvey is expected to track northwest through early Saturday, making landfall around Corpus Christi as a major hurricane Friday night,” said Jason Plummer, senior systems analyst. “Once making landfall, steering currents are forecast to break down. This should cause Harvey to likely stall or move very slowly northward until late Sunday night.”

From there, the forecast is uncertain, with the NWS saying “this system still poses a threat to our forecast area especially in terms of heavy rainfall and tornadoes. Please continue to keep an eye on the situation this weekend as it’s still a very fluid situation.”

Boyd added, “this is another reminder that a storm’s center doesn’t have to make landfall on our doorstep to cause problems.”

As with any threat, the company’s storm team will be monitoring Harvey’s progress.

“We are always prepared, especially during the historical peak of hurricane season,” said Scott Cashwell, Engineering Services manager. “We’ll know more in the coming days if we’ll be on standby to restore service to our customers, or if we need to be ready to assist our utility partners.”

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