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Harvey Aftermath

Harvey Aftermath

Harvey was a category 4 hurricane then became a flooding event on the Texas Gulf Coast

Harvey Weakened Fast, But Destruction Just Beginning: Experts

    Forceful winds from Hurricane Harvey plowed over a harbor house in Aransas Pass, Texas. The major structure along the Aransas Pass harbor gave way to the strong winds of Hurricane Harvey. The video was posted by the Aransas Pass Police Department on its facebook page. (Published Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017)

    Don't be fooled by Hurricane Harvey's quick, eight-hour transition from a Category 4 monster with sustained winds of 130 mph winds to a Category 1 with 90 mph winds.

    Experts say the storm's destruction is probably just beginning.

    The storm surge -- the wall of water pushed inland by the storm -- will gradually subside later Saturday, but officials are worried about "potentially catastrophic" rainfall that will continue for days, with more than 40 inches and flash flooding possible even well inland, said Eric Blake, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

    Hurricanes almost always lose strength quickly after making landfall and moving away from the warm waters that fuel their winds. But "the hazards don't go away," Blake said.

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    Harvey came ashore along the Texas Gulf Coast on Friday night as the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade.

    Although experts had worried that Harvey might eventually wander back into the Gulf of Mexico, regain strength and hit the coast again, "that's not the most likely scenario at this point," Blake said.

    "Our focus is shifting to the extreme and potentially historic levels of flooding that we could see."

    The storm is expected to keep slowing and dumping rain through the middle of next week.

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