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Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall in Texas with Devastating Force

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(Hurricane News) Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 Friday night near Rockport, Texas, north of Corpus Christi, after rapidly intensifying in the Gulf of Mexico.

Harvey is the most powerful storm to hit the US mainlands in decades, and may be weakening as it slows down over Texas, but its biggest threat of catastrophic flooding will persist into next week.

The extent of what many are describing as ‘devastating damage” is unknown as of this reporting, with flooding being a major concern. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) Harvey was located about 20 miles west-southwest of Victoria, Texas, moving north-northwest at around 6 mph.

Hurricane-force winds (74-plus mph) continue to blast a small part of the Texas Coastal Bend. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

A Texas Coastal Ocean Observing Network station at Aransas Pass reported sustained winds of 102 mph and a wind gust of 132 mph on Friday night.

Rainfall amounts of more than 10 inches have already accumulated in southeast Texas, including 11.36 inches near Austwell.

Harvey has pushed water 2 to 7 feet above average tide levels near Corpus Christi to Lavaca Bay, and levels are continuing to rise with the onset of high tide.

Current Warnings

A hurricane warning has been issued for a portion of the Texas coast, from Baffin Bay to Port O’Connor. A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are likely within the warning area.

Sustained hurricane-force winds are affecting parts of the hurricane warning area.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect from north of Port O’Connor to High Island, Texas, including the cities of Houston and Galveston.

Tropical Alerts

The National Hurricane Center also issued its first-ever public storm surge warning, which includes a swath of the Texas coast from Baffin Bay to High Island. This means a life-threatening storm surge is expected in the warned area in the next 36 hours. This warning does not include Galveston Bay, but does include Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula.

Storm Surge Forecast

Additionally, a tornado watch is in effect until 1 p.m. CDT Saturday afternoon for southeast Texas, as tornadoes will be possible, if not common, within Harvey’s outer rainbands. This watch area includes Houston, Galveston and Port Arthur, Texas.

A reported tornado damaged a McDonald’s sign in northeast Galveston late Friday afternoon. Numerous other short-lived tornadoes have occurred, but damage will take time to sort out

 

A street light lays toppled by Hurricane Harvey on Saturday morning in Corpus Christi, Texas. Hurricane Harvey had intensified into a hurricane and hit the Texas Gulf Coast. JOE RAEDLE/GETTY IMAGES

What’s Next?

Harvey is likely to weaken to a tropical storm by later Saturday.  The circulation center is also expected to be caught in a zone of light steering winds aloft that will stall Harvey. The storm will then meander near the Texas coast for days to come, unleashing tremendous amounts of rain.

Interactive Harvey Forecast Path)

Projected Path

The projected path shows the expected track of the circulation center. Note that impacts such as heavy rain and storm surge can extend beyond this forecast path.

In addition, the persistent onshore winds will lead to high water levels on the coast and continued high surf. Gusty winds and saturated soil conditions may lead to more downed trees in the days ahead.

Devastating Rainfall Flooding

A tropical cyclone’s rainfall potential is a function of its forward speed, not its intensity.

With Harvey stalling several days, prolific rainfall, capable of catastrophic flash flooding, will result near the middle and upper Texas coast.

For now, areas near the Texas and southwest Louisiana Gulf coasts are in the biggest threat area for torrential rainfall and major flash flooding, potentially including Houston and Corpus Christi.

Local National Weather Service (NWS) offices have not minced words about the threat, warning of “some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away” and “numerous road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out,” with record river flooding expected in some areas.

Harvey’s heavy rain may not entirely exit the areas of Texas it soaks until sometime next Thursday, and may not exit the Mississippi Valley until next Friday.

(MAPS: 7-Day U.S. Daily Rainfall Forecasts)

Corpus ChristiHere are the latest storm surge forecasts, according to the NHC. Note that these inundations above ground level are worst-case scenarios along the immediate coast if the peak surge coincides with high tide. Due to Harvey’s earlier than anticipated landfall, worst-case scenario surge values were avoided, but periods of high tide may bring additional surge and waves ashore over the next few days.

 According to the NWS, structural damage to buildings near the coast is expected, with “many washing away.” Battering waves riding atop the surge will lead to “extreme beach erosion,” “massive damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks and piers” in the areas of highest storm surge.At least some coastal flooding, along with battering waves, could persist for several days over multiple tide cycles along the Texas and southwest Louisiana coasts into next week.Furthermore, this water rise from the Gulf of Mexico won’t allow rain-swollen rivers and bayous to drain, compounding the inland flood threat.

The NWS warns of “structural damage to sturdy buildings” and “complete destruction of mobile homes” where the eyewall of Harvey tracks.  Furthermore, persistent winds, even if they are not particularly high-end when Harvey is over land, could down more trees than they otherwise would given the rain-soaked or flooded ground, possibly for several days as Harvey lingers.  Highest winds so far (gusts unless otherwise noted):

Potential Power Outages

Roads not already impassable by flooding may become blocked from downed trees or other debris. Power and communication outages will be widespread near and inland of the landfall in central and southeast Texas.

Destructive Wind Threat

This coastal flooding and wave action could increase if Harvey’s center re-emerges over the Gulf and intensifies, potentially leading to a second storm surge along parts of the Louisiana or upper Texas coast next week. Again, the cuurent forecast is highly uncertain at this time.  Importantly, rising water will cut off near-shore escape routes and secondary routes before peak surge arrives.

 

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Listen Guys…10 Signs You’re Trying Too Hard to Be Stylish

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Hey guys there is help available… Check this out!

 

Clothing should enhance your confidence, not make you even more insecure. –Complex

Casual bowties. Highwater pants. Camo down to your boxers’ codpiece. For every trend and style, there are at least 100 ways to go overboard. Judging from the current state of menswear, plenty of people do. While men’s style grows out of this awkward phase between high-end tailored gear and streed-cred worthy clothing, it’s not hard to strike a balance between the two without looking like you don’t know what’s up.

 

Before you leave the house, check the mirror, and before you check the mirror, check out these 10 Signs You’re Trying Too Hard to Be Stylish.

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Holiday Hustle: Ways To Make Extra Cash

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It is the Holiday Season, why not treat yourself by earning extra money for gifts,travel, debt elimination. Lots of hidden gems out there you can take advantage of to jump start your 2018!

Making extra money is something we all can afford to do. Sure, it requires more of our time, but paying for life these days is just downright expensive. That goes double for the holiday season.

Whether it’s giving gifts to our loved ones, hosting or attending parties or preparing meals for your holiday feast, every year it just seems to cost us more and more. That can take a toll on your family financially and emotionally. Chances are you will likely be paying off this year’s holiday season by the time next year’s holiday season rolls around. Who has the time – or money – for that financial stress?

If you’re like me, you’d rather put in the work now and set yourself up for a better new year. So, let’s discuss how you can do that and earn a little extra money in the process. I will warn you: this will require work from you. Be prepared.

 

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Urlacher’s Hall of Fame Candidacy High Point of Bears’ Rebuilding Season

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Coming off of their most recent home loss to the San Francisco 49ers, tallying only three wins this season, the Chicago Bears are in the midst of a definite rebuild. Despite the question marks and disappointments ranging from the offense, to coaching, to management, the most telling sign of the Bears’ lack of relevancy to this point is how a player who is no longer in the game is somewhat a beacon of hope for fans, at least until the draft comes around.

Calling it a career in 2012, former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has become one of the talking points for the Windy City for being selected as a semi-finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Posting 1353 tackles, 22 interceptions, 41.5 sacks to go along with his eight pro bowl appearances, four all pro selections and a Defensive Player of the Year award in 2005, the question isn’t if, but when Urlacher will be inducted.

“My body of work is out there and I feel it’s as good as anybody’s, honestly, if you look at my numbers compared to defensive players in the Hall,’’ Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune recently. “But that’s not why I played the game, to get to the Hall of Fame. I never dreamed that when I started playing, I’d have a chance to be in that conversation. So just to be considered is a big deal.’’

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Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher tackling Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers 

The billed criteria for the hall of fame is on the field accomplishments. However it has been shown on a variety of occasions that numbers alone have not been deemed worthy of the ultimate honor in sports, which is why I can acknowledge that while still presiding on the south side of 30 years old and missing out on the Bear’s lone super bowl victory, Urlacher instilled a culture in Chicago that gave the feeling that our second victory was on the way.

Just falling short of winning Super Bowl XLI, Urlacher maintained that season’s intensity for 13 seasons. Winning Defensive Rookie of the Year to begin his career, maintaining his production for multiple coaches over the years, and even battling injuries in his final years to remain at worst formidable at his position. Revered in the locker room as a true leader and in the community as as genuine as they come, few boxes if any should go unchecked on Urlacher’s ballot.

Being recently selected to the College Football Hall of Fame along with other names such as Peyton Manning, Marshall Faulk and Adrian Peterson, one could only hope that this would be the warm up to his victory lap with the Pro Football Hall of Fame as his starting point. With the final announcement to be made just before this year’s Super Bowl, when the Bears’ season presumably will have been over for quite some time, Chicago will be looking for the grandest thank you to be expressed to one of its’ ultimate winners, patiently waiting for its’ next one.

 

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