Hurricane Harvey – Weather Related Service Update – Friday, August 25, 2017

Per The Weather Channel, Hurricane Harvey will be the strongest Texas coastal bend landfall in 47 years.  It will be the nation’s first Category 3 landfall in 12 years.  This is a significant storm that will disrupt manufacturing and transportation operations in the Texas gulf region.  It has the potential to leave parts of the impact area uninhabitable for an extended period of time.

According to “After a pause overnight, Hurricane Harvey re-intensified with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph.  Outer rain bands are already spiraling ashore as far north as Galveston Bay, bringing brief heavy rain and gusty winds.  Water levels were already 1 to 2 feet above average tide levels as of Friday morning from S. Padre Island, Texas to Calcasieu Pass, Louisiana.  Harvey will continue to strengthen, and will likely be a Category 3 hurricane at landfall along the Texas coast overnight Friday night or early Saturday morning.  A hurricane warning has been issued for a portion of the Texas coast, from north of Port Mansfield to Sargent, including the city of Corpus Christi.  A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are likely within the watch area.  In this case, hurricane conditions are likely within 12 to 24 hours.  Tropical storm warnings are in effect from north of Sargent to High Island, Texas, including the cities of Houston and Galveston. Tropical storm warnings are also in effect from north of Port Mansfield to the mouth of the Rio Grande River.  Furthermore, persistent winds, even if they are not particularly high-end if Harvey is over land, could down more trees than they otherwise would, given the rain-soaked or flooded ground, possibly for several days as Harvey lingers.”

Harvey will cause limited operations for carriers and potentially moderate to severe service delays until the region is restored.

Service Impacts and Operational Limits:

Odyssey will continue to monitor conditions and report updates as additional information is made available.