Weather officials unsure if Harvey will reach Central Illinois

01 September, 2017, 01:53 | Author: Ora Austin
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       A stranded motorist escapes floodwaters on Interstate 225 in Houston on Sunday

The National Weather Service (NWS) announced that a gauge in Cedar Bayou, near Mont Belvieu, Texas, recorded a preliminary rainfall of 51.88 inches.

The heaviest tropical rainfall total in Virginia was 27 inches in Nelson County from the remnants of Hurricane Camille in August 1969.

Today, the Houston area is expected to get as much as five inches of rain, a relative lull compared to days prior, but, as the Houston Chronicle notes, flooding in Houston will reach its peak on Wednesday and Thursday.

The closest rainfall total record was Tropical Cyclone Amelia in Medina, TX.in 1978, NWS said.

The center says in its 4 a.m. CDT advisory that flooded roadways continue to make travel hard and advises people to take shelter.

Harvey, now downgraded to a tropical storm, made landfall with winds reaching 130 miles per hour.

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Those new levels are not hypothetical, as many residents along the middle Texas coast and inland areas can attest.

Crews overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls during one of the heaviest downpours in USA history have had little time to search for other potential victims.

With more than 30 inches of rain falling in just a few days, the NWS added a lavender layer to its rainfall map to indicate areas that have already seen what it has called "unfathomable" amounts of rain.

Even worse, officials now worry that the worst may be yet to come.

Hurricane Harvey has devastated southeastern Texas since it made made landfall Friday. But the figures being produced by Harvey right now are mind boggling.

Volunteers and Harris County Sheriff deputies lift an elderly person on a wheelchair over the flooded C.E. King Parkway under the East Sam Houston North on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston.

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