Coastal Watches Issued for Tropical Storm Harvey

The National Weather Service today issued a Hurricane Watch for the upper Texas coast from Port Mansfield to Galveston, and a Tropical Storm Watch for the coast from South Padre Island to Port Mansfield as Tropical Storm Harvey gains strength in the Gulf, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The NWS says Harvey is located about 470 miles southeast of Port Mansfield, heading northwestward.

Forecasters say the Texas coast could experience up to six inches of rain, depending on where Harvey comes ashore.  The upper Texas coast could also experience hurricane force winds and deadly tidal surges.

It is possible that Harvey could become a hurricane before coming ashore, which would make it the first hurricane to hit the Texas coast since Dolly came ashore in South Padre Island in 2008.

As for San Antonio, officials say the area could begin to see rain from Harvey as early as Thursday night into Friday morning.  Rains could continue into Saturday, with up to three inches of rain possible depending on the track of the storm.  Isolated flooding is possible in the city.

The rains are expected to dissipate by late Saturday.In addition, the storm system will lower the temperatures, with highs only in the lower 80s expected on Saturday.

GRAPHIC: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

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