Heavy rains from Harvey expected across southeast Louisiana

Published: Aug. 29, 2017 at 8:31 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 29, 2017 at 11:28 AM CDT
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(WVUE) - Commuters on area roads and highways are facing a wet Tuesday morning commute.

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An earlier accident on Interstate 10 west at Williams Boulevard has been cleared in Kenner.

  • A flash flood watch remains in effect through Thursday evening, as rounds of heavy rain are expected across southeast Louisiana and coastal Mississippi.
  • A flood advisory in effect in St. John the Baptist Parish, Lafourche, St. Bernard, St. Charles, Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, and St. James parishes until 11 a.m.

As of 10 a.m. the center of Tropical Storm Harvey was located about 115 miles south-southwest of Cameron, La. And about 105 south-southwest of Port Arthur, Texas

A general north-northeast track is expected today and tomorrow.

On the forecast track, the center of Harvey is expected to be just offshore of the middle and upper coasts of Texas through tonight, then move inland over the northwestern Gulf coast early Wednesday.

A gradual weakening should begin thereafter.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles mainly to the east of the center.

Watches and warnings

  • A tropical storm warning is in effect for north of Port O'Connor, Texas to Morgan City
  • A tropical storm watch is in effect for east of Morgan City to Grand Isle
  • A storm surge watch is in effect for Port Bolivar to Morgan City

New Orleans residents are moving their cars to the neutral ground.

At least one pump burned out during heavy rain that swept through the area Monday afternoon.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said crews are working to repair the pump.

Several area schools will be closed because of the threat posed by Harvey.

Widespread rain totals through Thursday will likely exceed four inches, while some spots could receive up to 10 inches.

Tropical rain bands that linger over any one area for several hours could cause extensive flooding and higher rain rates.

The storm looks to continue northward and further weaken later in the week.

Drier air will build into the region decreasing the coverage of rain, but some daily storms are still expected into the weekend.

Rainfall totals exceeding 40 inches have been observed at several locations in the greater Houston area and southeastern Texas.

Storm totals could reach 50 inches in some locations, which would be historic for the area.

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