Lincoln County is in for a wet week
As Texans likely awoke to the disastrous effects from storm surge, heavy downpours and wind gusts of Hurricane Harvey, those in Lincoln County began to prepare for what will probably be a wet week.
Friday afternoon, the hurricane had powered up to 130 mph — Category 4 — as it was bearing down on the Texas coast, with its eye about 60 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey was traveling northwest at 10 mph.
That slow move and stall in the Gulf leaves forecasters guessing on its far-reaching effects.
“They’re saying it can do some crazy things,” said Clifford Galey, Lincoln County Emergency Management Director. “I think we’re probably going to start getting a little bit of rain Sunday.”
Part of the problem in predicting how much rain will fall and when is in the hurricane’s movements. They were slow Friday and could still change from its westward haul.
But no matter which way it goes, there will be rain, Galey said. If Harvey stays on its path and strength, Lincoln County will likely get water but not damaging winds. Too much water though could cause flash flooding.
“We’re really hoping it dies down,” he said. “What we usually get up here is the heavy rain and tornadoes.”
Officials in Texas said Harvey could inundate Houston roads and neighborhoods as early as tonight.
The National Weather Service says high moisture will move into this area next week from remnants of Hurricane Harvey. Multiple rounds of heavy rain are possible which, like Galey said, could bring the potential for flash flooding.
Right now it’s a limited threat over all of southwest Mississippi — including all of Lincoln County — in an area that stretches to Laurel, Magee, Jackson, Yazoo City and Greenville.
That will change based on how hard Harvey came on land
“It’s what happens after that is what affects us,” said NWS meteorologist Thomas Winesett.
He said Lincoln County should prepare at least for a rainy week.
“There will be some rain but whether it will cause flooding isn’t known at this time,”’ he said.
Harvey may stay alive for days, said Alex Sosnowski, a senior meteorologist for AccuWeather.
“There is a chance that Harvey meanders back over the western or northern Gulf of Mexico for a time after making landfall. Regeneration and strengthening could occur in this case,” she said. “As a result, all interests from northeastern Mexico to the U.S. northern Gulf coast will need to monitor the progress of Harvey.”
Eventually, Harvey may find a way well inland over the eastern U.S. as a tropical rainstorm later next week and into the Labor Day weekend, she said.
Galey said he’ll be monitoring the storm through the weekend and should have a more certain forecast later.
“Sometime late Sunday or early Monday, we should have a better idea,” he said.
Galey’s office will put out weather alerts if necessary.