Hays County Emergency Information

August 27, 2017 0600

• Harvey remains a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained winds of around 45 mph near the center with a motion of 1 mph to the SSE. (Located over Gonzales County)
• Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect with a slight decrease in sustained winds.
• The Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until Wednesday evening.
• Flash Flood Warnings ongoing for portions of Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, and Lee Counties where water rescues and multiple road closures have been reported.
 
Overview:
 
Tropical Storm Harvey continues to weaken while staying nearly stationary near the Gonzales-DeWitt County border. Harvey will slowly slide to the southeast today and tomorrow back towards the Gulf Coast before eventually moving northeast and out of the region during the middle of the week. The slow movement will continue to cause a prolonged life-threatening heavy rainfall event mainly east of I-35. Wind gusts currently around 40-50 mph will gradually decrease across the area today.
 
Key Messaging Points:
 
• The center of Harvey will continue to meander over the Interstate 10 corridor, producing a life-threatening and catastrophic heavy rainfall event across inland portions of South Central Texas.
• Widespread observed rainfall totals of 10-15 inches with isolated totals as high as 17-19 inches has fallen from Friday through this morning east of the I-35 corridor in Bastrop, Fayette, Lavaca and Caldwell counties
• The most significant impacts have been reported in Bastrop and Caldwell Counties where multiple water rescues and multiple road closures have been reported.
• 5-10 inches in Austin metro with locally higher amounts through at least Wednesday.
• 40-50 mph wind gusts within the Tropical Storm Warning area through the morning hours and gradually decreasing throughout the day.
 
Posted by Kharley Smith Sunday, August 27, 2017 6:15:00 AM