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Hurricane HARVEY


Hurricane Harvey Special Discussion Number  17
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL092017
100 PM CDT Thu Aug 24 2017

This special advisory is being issued to update Harvey's initial
and forecast intensities through the 48-hour period. The storm
surge values in the public advisory have also been updated based on
the new intensity forecast.

Recent data from Air Force Reserve and NOAA Hurricane Hunter
aircraft indicate that Harvey's maximum sustained winds have
increased to 75 kt.  The Air Force plane measured maximum 850-mb
flight-level winds of 88 kt and reliable SFMR winds around 75 kt.
Based on the hurricane's current rate of intensification, the
forecast intensities at 12 and 24 h have been raised by 15 kt,
with a 10-kt increase at 36 h.  There are no changes to the track or
wind radii forecast with this special advisory.

It is critical that users not focus on the exact forecast track
of Harvey, since cycle-to-cycle adjustment are likely.  All
locations within the hurricane and storm surge warning areas should
be preparing for the possibility of major hurricane-force winds and
life-threatening storm surge.

Note that this special advisory takes the place of the scheduled
100 PM CDT (1800 UTC) intermediate advisory.

Key Messages:

1. Harvey has intensified rapidly, and is forecast to be a major
hurricane at landfall, bringing life-threatening storm surge,
rainfall, and wind hazards to portions of the Texas coast.
Preparations to protect life and property should be completed by
tonight, as tropical-storm-force winds will first arrive in the
hurricane and storm surge warning areas on Friday.

2. A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for much of the Texas coast.
Life-threatening storm surge flooding could reach heights of 6 to 12
feet above ground level at the coast between the north entrance of
the Padre Island National Seashore and Sargent. For a depiction of
areas at risk, see the Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic at

3. Life-threatening flooding is expected across much of the Texas
coast from heavy rainfall of 12 to 20 inches, with isolated amounts
as high as 30 inches, from Friday through early next week. Please
refer to products from your local National Weather Service office
and the NOAA Weather Prediction Center for more information on the
flooding hazard.

4. The Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map is available on the NHC
website. This product depicts a reasonable worst-case scenario -
the amount of inundation that has a 10 percent chance of being
exceeded at each individual location. This map best represents
the flooding potential in those locations within the watch and
warning areas.


INIT  24/1800Z 24.4N  93.6W   75 KT  85 MPH
 12H  25/0000Z 24.9N  94.2W   85 KT 100 MPH
 24H  25/1200Z 26.0N  95.3W  105 KT 120 MPH
 36H  26/0000Z 27.3N  96.3W  110 KT 125 MPH
 48H  26/1200Z 28.3N  97.0W  100 KT 115 MPH...INLAND
 72H  27/1200Z 29.0N  97.7W   40 KT  45 MPH...INLAND
 96H  28/1200Z 28.5N  97.5W   35 KT  40 MPH...INLAND
120H  29/1200Z 28.5N  96.5W   30 KT  35 MPH...INLAND

Forecaster Berg