Hurricane Harvey: Storm surge and inland flooding are main focus

NOAA Senior Hurricane Specialist Michael Brennan explains what's to come from Hurricane Harvey.
1:50 | 08/26/17

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Transcript for Hurricane Harvey: Storm surge and inland flooding are main focus
Let's bring in now a senior hurricane specials Michael Brennan from the National Hurricane Center. Michael give us a sense of of how things are going from your standpoint would this storm what are you watching right now what are you most concerned about. Well we're starting to see Harvey continue to move inland across Texas very slowly now we're seeing the forward motion begin. As the winds lower as the storm begins to weaken from wind perspective the flooding threat is only unity increase over the next several days were. Seeing these feeder bands coming off the Gulf of Mexico bringing very heavy rain out hundreds of miles away from the center of the storm all the way into the Houston Galveston area southwest Louisiana. There's very heavy rain here near the core as it moves inland. We've seen widespread rainfall totals of ten to fifteen inches in the Corpus Christi Victoria area five inches already in Houston. So we're really looking at a multi day disasters administrator long mentioned it several days of heavy rain because Harvey is basically going to just meander around. The middle and upper Texas coast all the way into the middle portions of next week. And that's gonna lead to these very very high rainfall totals 25 to 35 inches in areas like Houston. With isolated totals in some places size 35 forty inches and that's gonna really lead to a catastrophic life threatening flooding situation. Yet Michael in the in these types of situations it is the water that kills and that is your biggest concern for that very reason because. These totals we just thought in Houston go up to possibly forty inches of rain. Right and water is what kills most of the people and in tropical storms and hurricanes everybody focuses on the wind but. Storm surge and inland flooding count account for about 70% of the fatalities in the United States from tropical storms and hurricanes so that's. That's shifting into our main focus now is going to be shifting from the wind in the storm surge into the rain fall hazard that's gonna extend for several days. Aren't we appreciate it Michael Brennan thank you for joining us this morning.

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