Harvey's Forecast For LA Becoming More Clear

After landfall in Texas, we now know more about what the storm could do next.

8-25-2017 - Hurricane Harvey will likely make landfall Friday night as a major category 4 hurricane with sustained winds near 130 mph and gusting near 155mph. This will be the first landfall in the United States for a major hurricane since Wilma in 2005 and the first U.S. category 4 landfall since Charley in 2004. Along with the devastating winds, Harvey will bring storm surge and days of flooding rain.

It appears the storm may now stay along the Texas coast through most of the next workweek as it weakens. While uncertainly remains, the storm may either completely weaken over Texas or finally start to move to the NNE by the end of the week.

The storm will be close enough to SE Louisiana over the next week to throw extra clouds and rain towards Baton Rouge, but for now, it appears we will miss the worst of the heavy rain and flooding. From now through next Friday, rain totals will likely fall between 3 to 8 inches for most of our parishes, but higher amounts are possible for some areas if we see a rain band or two stay over the same area. Along with slightly higher tides along the Gulf coast, those areas may also come in on the higher range of the rain totals. With the current forecast, some rivers may climb to minor flood stage.

A shift in the path of Harvey to the east could bring us higher rain totals than currently expected, so keep up to date with the changing forecast.

FORECAST: We will stay mostly dry overnight and into Saturday morning with lows near 75 degrees.

Saturday afternoon will be mostly cloudy and humid with highs near 88 degrees. Scattered showers and storms are expected at times through the day, but we won't see rain all day.

Rain chances remain elevated for Sunday as well. The rain and extra clouds will help hold temperatures back into the mid 80s for highs.

Showers and storms will continue at times through the next workweek thanks to Harvey, keeping us below average in the temperature department. Again, this is subject to change depending on the exact track of Harvey. See above for possible rain totals.


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