Hurricane Harvey? Sounds Like A Bad DJ Name
"Good borning, evabody. It's Hurricane Harvey on your radio!" I can just hear a bad dj saying those exact same words on a small-town radio station somewhere in deep East Texas.
But Hurricane Harvey is not a radio announcer. He could be the first hurricane of the 2017 hurricane season, and he will be making a live appearance somewhere in South Texas early Saturday morning.
Current conditions are ripe for hurricane production. Forecasters predict that the warm waters of the Gulf Of Mexico will cause Tropical Storm Harvey to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane by Friday. Category 1 hurricanes' winds range from 74 to 95 mph and can produce some minor property damage. (Contrast that with a Category 5 hurricane like Katrina, which had sustained winds of 173 mph.) While the damage in the landfall zone may be minor, that doesn't mean there can't be considerable damage further inland caused by heavy rain and tornadoes.
Harvey is expected to make landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, early Saturday. As it moves inland, the accompanying heavy rain will potentially extend up to the Ark-La-Tex. No tornadoes are forecast, but current models have us experiencing anywhere from 2 to 6 inches of rain from Sunday into the middle of next week. But, as is always the case with the weather, that could change.
Let's hope Hurricane Harvey signs off before he becomes too much of an annoyance. Too bad we can't just switch the channel.