The “eye” of former Hurricane “Harvey” has returned to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the storm is once again STRENGTHENING. Sustained winds have now increased to 45 MPH with stronger gusts. Surface water temperatures are 88-90 degrees which will provide intense energy for the storm to rapidly increase again.
Lake Charles Louisiana is already flooding. Baton Rouge is under flash flood warning and New Orleans is in grave danger from “catastrophic” flooding as nine inches of rain are projected to fall over the next 24 hours. The flood pumps in New Orleans are OFFLINE. The city cannot handle this rain and will flood. Residents are advised right now (by me) to begin evacuating the city. The weather people were all wrong on rainfall totals for Houston. If they’re wrong again, New Orleans will be wrecked. Residents should get out now, before highways around New Orleans become flooded like they did around Houston, making evacuation IMPOSSIBLE.
Below is a wind-image from the GEOS-5 weather satellite in space. It shows the eye of Harvey considerably out over warm water where it can strengthen rapidly .Remember, Harvey went from a Category 2 hurricane, to a category 4 in a mere 24 hours while over this warm water approaching Texas. That strengthening can happen AGAIN.
But even if wind speeds don’t become dangerous, FLOODING from the bands and bands of rainfall can do far worse to New Orleans than they did to Houston.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu told reporters one of the city’s pumps broke just one week after being repaired, sparking worries about the rest of the city’s pumping system as Tropical Storm Harvey makes its way north.
The pump broke on Monday as Harvey brought rains to the city. New Orleans is expected to get between five and 10 inches of rain through Thursday, but flooding could be made worse if the city’s pumping system breaks down.