Corpus Christi, Texas had a completely deserted look when the Hurricane Harvey slammed the city as a Category 4 storm Friday evening. Notwithstanding the fact that it has been downgraded as a category 1 storm, the damage from it seems to be extensive. Flooding is being reported not just from the city with a population of three hundred thousand people, but also from a number of cities lying close to the coast and even hundreds of miles away.
While the loss incurred in the hurricane Harvey is yet to be assessed – it may take days or weeks before a clear picture arises – the damage is set to be extensive.
Here we take a look at Hurricane Harvey 2017 in numbers.
There is no denying that it is the most ferocious hurricane to hit area in more than a decade. When the storm hit Corpus Christi, the winds were blowing at a ferocious speed of around 130 miles per hour. On August 25 Harvey began to undergo rapid intensification as an eye developed and its central pressure quickly fell. Further deepening occurred as the storm approached the coast of Texas, with Harvey becoming a category 4 hurricane at 23:00 UTC, based on reconnaissance aircraft data. Around 03:00 UTC on August 26, the hurricane made landfall at peak intensity between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor with winds of 130 mph (215 km/h).
It should be kept in mind that Harvey became the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005 and the strongest in terms of wind speed to hit the country since Charley in 2004.
Cities affected by Hurricane Harvey
While a major area on Texas coast will be impacted by Hurricane Harvey, three major Gulf cities like Corpus Christi, Galveston, and Houston are going to face the wrath in a big way. Though the threat of heavy rains and flowing is going to be extensive in other areas too, the three cities will be badly impacted, if it doesn’t slow down immediately.
While Corpus Christi rains has a population of around three hundred thousand people, Houston, the biggest city that lies in its way has around 2.1 million inhabitants. Galveston is the smallest of the three cities that are expected to be hit hardest by the ongoing Hurricane Harvey. Its population is around 50000.
Power outage due to Hurricane Harvey
Hundreds of thousands of people are without power in different parts of the hurricane ravaged areas. Officials claim that it may take days before power is fully restored in the affected cities. It is estimated that more than 338,000 customers in Texas are without power after Hurricane Harvey made landfall overnight near Rockport.
Power outage is being reported in Houston too and officials claim that around 21,000 of those customers can be found right here in the Houston area. ERCOT said it is monitoring power grids to ensure overall reliability across the state, but that high winds were expected to impact electricity.
Torrential rains, flooding during Hurricane Harvey
Officials are fearful of heavy rains and floodings of several feet in different parts of the state. “Harvey is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 15 to 30 inches and isolated maximum amounts of 40 inches over the middle and upper Texas coast through next Wednesday,” the Hurricane Center reports. As with any hurricane or tropical storm, one of the greatest, most life-threatening risks comes from flooding. And this storm brings a double whammy of storm surge and torrential rain.
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The Hurricane Center says “The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline”. Officials claim that they could get as high as 12 feet in some areas.
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