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Posted on: August 23, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Tropical Storm Harvey to bring 10-20" rain - NHC forecasts development into major hurricane

At 10AM Thursday morning, the National Hurricane Center forecast that Tropical Storm Harvey – currently moving toward the Texas coast - will develop into a Category 1 hurricane within 12 hours and will likely strengthen to a Category 3 (major) hurricane before landfall.

Landfall is anticipated for Friday night, when the forecast track indicates the storm will slow significantly. A cumulative 10-20 inches of rain are still expected for the Deer Park area starting late Friday or Saturday and continuing into next week.

Tropical Storm force winds (39-74 miles per hour) are still possible for that same period, but less likely than previously forecast.

“The City of Deer Park plans for severe weather, monitoring the storm along with our state and national partners,” Mayor Jerry Mouton said. “We want to encourage our citizens to be diligent in their preparations, take precautions prior to the storm’s landfall and make sure you and your family are prepared.”

Those who have not already done so are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED notifications at In the event of a severe weather alert or evacuation notice, messages may be sent to your land line, cell phone, work numbers, text, and email addresses.

Citizens: Be prepared

According to Emergency Services Director Robert Hemminger, families should focus on updating their disaster supply kits, gathering a three-day supply of food and water, first aid kits, extra clothing and items for pets, elderly family members and those with special needs. As well, drivers are encouraged to keep their gas tanks full.

“Residents living in mobile homes or those that cannot withstand extended periods of tropical storm force winds should have plans for their family’s safety,” he said. “While no evacuation has been ordered at this time, residents are responsible for securing their own shelter in the event of a storm event or evacuation, such as staying with friends or family members.”

While the City of Deer Park does not distribute sandbags, citizens may check local retailers for availability.

Citizens are also advised that the City’s updated Emergency Preparedness Guides are available free of charge at the following facilities:

City Hall – 710 E. San Augustine

Community Center – 610 E. San Augustine

Deer Park Public Library – 3009 Center Street

Deer Park Police Department – 2911 Center Street

Fire Station #3 – 2211 E. X Street

The guides include emergency preparedness information including storm information, disaster kit checklists and more.

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