Hurricane Harvey has already broken all past records and there seems to be no relief in sight. The rainfall is expected to continue for several more days and will be expanding to Southwest Louisiana within a couple of days. The region is expected to experience 10 to 20 inches of more rain through Thursday. According to official reports, Harvey will be forcing more than 230,000 people into shelters.
Monday evening, Harvey had already moved to the Texas coastline and is expected to strengthen when it reaches the Gulf of Mexico. The storm's peak winds had already increased to 45 miles per hour but the main problem is with the rainfall and not the speed of the winds. On Friday morning, when most people thought that the rainfall had eased, the coverage and intensity grew by evening. Outside the Houston Airport, about eight inches of rainfall had fallen which is a new record to date.
In areas near Houston in Harris County, they have already experienced 37 inches of rain with the county average of 33 inches whereas other isolated areas received 40 inches of rain. According to the National Weather Service, some areas of Southeast Texas are expected to get about 50 inches of rain that would break all existing records. According to analyst Eric Berger, Harvey could be the biggest US flood-producing storm in the history.
The continuous rainfall in Southeast Texas is already near record levels. On Sunday, Houston's George Bush airport received 16.07 inches of rainfall and it is the single wettest day in Houston history. The rainfall for August in the Houston area broke the last rainfall record of the area by 13.47 inches. But, there is no relief in sight. It is expected that the rainfall and flooding will get worse before things get back to normal. Harvey has already damaged properties worth billions of dollars and is expected to grow in the coming days.