When Will Harvey Reach The Ark-La-Tex?
Yesterday it looked like what's left of the eye wall of Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Harry would land right on top of Shreveport/Bossier City. Today forecast models are showing that the Ark-La-Tex should be spared from the devastating rainfall amounts that have inundated southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.
For the past few days as I've been prepping for my afternoon radio show, I've discovered that it's hard to find a simple storm-tracking map on the internet. Sure you can find a hundred videos from television stations across the country, but they're so short that you don't get much detail. So, I spent some time this morning perusing sites to see if I could find some consensus and then lay that out in a blog. Here's what I found:
Currently Harvey is back in the Gulf of Mexico. After gathering a little more strength, it will dump more rain over the southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana coastline throughout the day today. Harvey will then head northeast on a track that takes it through Louisiana. The most likely path will take the storm through Lake Charles, Alexandria, and then east of Monroe before it exits the state on it's say through Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
Harvey is moving at a very slow pace. At 3 mph, it will take a few days for the storm to move through our state. We'll start to experience gusty winds late Wednesday night in advance of the storm, with Harvey expected to officially arrive in the wee hours of Thursday morning. Most forecasts have the Ark-La-Tex receiving between 5 and 7 inches of rain, with winds gusting up to 30 mph. However, some predict that we'll only get a couple of inches of rain. Needless to say, this could all change; but it looks like we'll be spared the worst of it.
For the people along the Texas and Louisiana coast the tragedy will only get worse today. Please keep all the unfortunate people in that area in your thoughts and prayers.