Multiple advisories and warnings are in effect as Hurricane Harvey bears down on the Texas coast. While Harris county is not expected to take a direct hit, the slow-moving storm is expected to dump up to 30 inches of cumulative rain through early next week south of Interstate 10.
After nearly a day of strengthening as it lay stationary in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Harvey is now expected to make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.
In an advisory issued Thursday morning, Harvey’s sustained winds measured at 85 mph. Landfall is expected Friday between Corpus Christi and Matagorda Bay. As of 1 p.m. Friday, Harvey’s center was located at 24.4 N, 93.6 W moving north-northwest at 10 mph.
For now, Harris County does not look like it will take a direct hit, but the southeast Texas coastline is still expected to experience heavy rain and possible major flooding. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Matagorda to High Island while a Hurricane Warning has been issued from Matagorda south to Port Mansfield.
A Storm Surge Warning has been issued from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass.
After landfall, the forecast track indicates the storm will slow significantly. A cumulative 10-20 inches of rain are still expected for the Deer Park area starting late Friday or Saturday and continuing into next week.
Tropical Storm force winds (39-74 miles per hour) are still possible for that same period, but less likely than previously forecast.
Deer Park ISD as of 2:25 p.m. has not announced alterations to the regular school schedule. However, the Meet the Team footall event for Saturday evening has been postponed. Friday's scheduled varsity scrimmage against Summer Creek has been moved to 8 a.m. at Clyde Abshier Stadium.
The district alerted parents on Wednesday that it would use its Skylert system to communicate plans with parents.
“The City of Deer Park plans for severe weather, monitoring the storm along with our state and national partners,” Mayor Jerry Mouton said. “We want to encourage our citizens to be diligent in their preparations, take precautions prior to the storm’s landfall and make sure you and your family are prepared.”
Citizens are also advised that the City’s updated Emergency Preparedness Guides are available free of charge at the following facilities:
- City Hall – 710 E. San Augustine
- Community Center – 610 E. San Augustine
- Deer Park Public Library – 3009 Center Street
- Deer Park Police Department – 2911 Center Street
- Fire Station #3 – 2211 E. X Street
The guides include emergency preparedness information including storm information, disaster kit checklists and more.
Those who have not already done so are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED notifications at https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/BF095B5EF1AC. In the event of a severe weather alert or evacuation notice, messages may be sent to your land line, cell phone, work numbers, text, and email addresses.
Ahead of landfall, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for 30 counties, including Harris.