Hurricane Harvey Just Broke Another Rainfall Record in Texas

First Word: Floodwaters, Damages Rise in Texas

Hurricane Harvey just broke the record for rainfall in Texas from a tropical cyclone, according to the National Weather Service.

Unprecedented flooding from the Category 4 storm that slammed into the state’s coast last week, sending gasoline prices surging as oil refineries shut, may also set a record for rainfall in the contiguous U.S., the weather service said Tuesday. A rain gauge at Cedar Bayou, near Mont Belvieu, Texas, recorded preliminary rainfall associated with Harvey of 51.88 inches as of 3:29 p.m. local time, higher than a previous record 48 inches during Tropical Cyclone Amelia in 1978.

Houses and vehicles at the Highland Glen subdivision stand in floodwaters due to Hurricane Harvey in Spring, Texas, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. A deluge of rain and rising floodwaters left Houston immersed and helpless, crippling a global center of the oil industry and testing the economic resiliency of a state that's home to almost 1 in 12 U.S. workers. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Floodwaters in Spring, Texas, on Aug. 28.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

That’ll only add to the records mounting in the region. At least 19 points across southeastern Texas were expected to set flooding records, Greg Waller, a service coordination hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, Texas, said over the weekend, adding that the estimate was a “moving target.” Buffalo Bayou, which runs through Houston, broke its all-time high for flooding on Sunday and wasn’t forecast to fall through at least early September.

Storm Hiki, which formed by the Hawaiian Islands in 1950, holds the record for rainfall from a tropical cyclone in the U.S., dumping at least 52 inches. “It is certainly still possible rainfall from Tropical Storm Harvey may exceed the all-time United States record but no official rain gauge has reported a value in excess of 52 inches,” the weather service said.

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