1 year after Harvey's catastrophic blow to Texas: By the numbers
By Amanda Schmidt, AccuWeather staff writer
August 21, 2018, 10:32:04 AM EDT
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Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm on Aug. 25, 2017. The storm stalled over the middle of the Texas coast, dropping over 40 inches of rain across the region, and over 50 inches in some places.
The highest total rainfall in the nation’s history, 60.58 inches, was recorded in Nederland, Texas, about 90 miles east of Houston.
Harvey was the most significant tropical cyclone rainfall event in recorded United States history, both in scope and peak rainfall amounts, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
This record-breaking rainfall led to catastrophic flooding and damages throughout the affected region.
It is estimated that Hurricane Harvey had total costs of $125 billion, with estimates ranging from $90 to $160 billion. The high-end estimates would tie the damages with Hurricane Katrina’s estimated $161 billion in damages, as AccuWeather accurately predicted.
Harvey caused at least 68 direct deaths in the U.S. in Texas, the largest number of direct deaths from a tropical cyclone in Texas since the 1919 Florida Keys Hurricane. The storm also caused approximately 35 additional deaths from indirect causes.
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All but three of the deaths were from freshwater flooding. None of the deaths can be linked to storm surge, according to NOAA.
Harvey is the deadliest mainland U.S. hurricane in terms of direct deaths since Sandy in 2012.
The National Hurricane Center's report on Harvey showed there were 52 preliminary tornado reports during Harvey and over 150 tornado warnings were issued during the event.
Most of the tornadoes were relatively weak, of EF0 and EF1 intensity, with generally minor damage, few injuries and no deaths attributed to them, according to NOAA.
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