Hurricane Laura looms in the gulf on the third anniversary of Hurricane Harvey

Harvey was the deadliest storm to hit Texas since 1919, lasting for 117 hours

VICTORIA, Texas- August 25th, 2017 is a day etched in many minds around the Crossroads-the day Hurricane Harvey made landfall.

The Category 4 hurricane was the first major hurricane to make landfall along the middle Texas coast since Hurricane Celia in 1970. Harvey was the first category 4 storm since Hurricane Carla in 1961. Harvey was the deadliest storm to his Texas since 1919, lasting for 117 hours.

The twenty-four rainfall and damaging wind gusts made Hurricane Harvey the costliest hurricane in Texas. Many families were displaced by the storm, and unfortunately caused 68 direct deaths and 39 indirect deaths. In total the damage sustained by Hurricane Harvey was worth $125 billion.

Hurricane Harvey was so destructive that the name was retired by the World Meteorological Organization’s Region IV Hurricane Committee, along with Irma, Maria and Nate storm names.

Storm names are retired if they were so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive – otherwise names are reused by NOAA’s National Hurricane Center on a six-year cycle.

The committee also selected the replacement names for Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate with Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel respectively that will first appear in the 2023 list of storm names.

Today, Newscenter 25 Meteorologists Trey Meynig and Brian Alonzo are tracking Hurricane Laura as it approaches the gulf of Mexico. Scattered storms are anticipated over the next few days, with gusty winds up to 50 mph as Hurricane Laura closes in.

Although Hurricane Laura is expected to make landfall east of our area, widespread showers are still expected in the Crossroads.

Read Meteorologist Brian Alonzo’s Tuesday evening weather report for more information about flooding chances and temperature forecasts as the storm approaches.