Tropical Storm Harvey Brings Immediate Flood Issues

August 20, 2011; 12:00 AM ET
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This image of Harvey, courtesy of NOAA, was taken a few hours before it received its tropical storm classification.

Harvey, the eighth tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin, has come to life. Landfall is less than 24 hours away with flash flooding the main danger.

Tropical Depression 8, which formed overnight Thursday, strengthened into Tropical Storm Harvey shortly before 2 p.m. EDT, just north of Honduras.

The Hurricane Center has the latest statistics on the storm's winds and location, as well as the watches and warnings currently in effect.

The strength of Harvey could increase slightly before the storm slams into Belize late Saturday.

However, with a path skirting the northern Honduras coast, Harvey will fail to reach strong tropical storm or hurricane status.

Despite Harvey being labeled as a weak tropical storm, residents of Central America should still take this storm seriously.

The strength of a tropical system is based on its wind speed, not the amount of rain that will be produced. If the latter was the determining factor, Harvey would definitely have a more severe label.

Harvey will unleash 4 to 8 inches of rain across northern Honduras, Belize, northern Guatemala and the mountainous terrain of southern Mexico through this weekend.

Flash flooding and mudslides are serious concerns.

The strength of the tropical storm-force winds accompanying Harvey could down trees and power lines, as well as cause minor structural damage.

Harvey will also keep the surf rough across the western Caribbean into Sunday.

After landfall late Saturday, the mountainous terrain of southern Mexico will bring about Harvey's demise on Sunday.


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