Tropical Storm Harvey moving back over the Gulf of Mexico; life-threatening flash flooding ongoing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --By late Tuesday Night, Harvey will finally be on the move to new areas and weakening. Locally , a storm heads away toward North Carolina and late summer sun returns . Regardless of its intensity of poor organization, very heavy rains and life-threatening flash flooding are ongoing over southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana. Recent 3-day rainfall reports show totals of close to 35 inches in the Greater Houston area.

The NHC forecast shows an additional 7-15 inches of rain expected to fall in areas already inundated with high water. Total rainfall amounts  up to 50 inches in some locations, which would be a new record for a single tropical cyclone in the U.S.

Local emergency responders in Texas and Louisiana are urging folks to remain indoors at all costs as the rain continues. If water levels become too high in flooded homes and the highest room is inaccessible, emergency responders are informing those to get to their roof and await help there.

Harvey made landfall as a category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 mph and gusts to 160 mph.

You can track storms and get storm preparations tips anytime on our Hurricane Central page.

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