Storm Harvey has dropped more than 11 trillion gallons of water on
Texas, triggering catastrophic, unprecedented flooding in the Houston
area. The rains have broken all-time records, exceeding the rainfall
totals seen during Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.
may be no parallel available to any other rainstorm in U.S. history,
based on the number of people affected, amount of water involved, and
other factors, meteorologists have warned.
to its wide geographic scope across America's 4th-largest city, the
ensuing flood disaster may rank as one of the most, if not the most,
expensive natural disaster in U.S. history.
to Ryan Maue, a meteorologist at WeatherBell, a private forecasting
firm, there is still up to 16 trillion gallons more rain likely to
fall in the state, based on forecasts from the National Weather
Weather Service office in Houston reported just over 2 feet of rain
in 24 hours between 7 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday morning,
causing August to become the wettest month on record there. Forecast
totals call for isolated rainfall amounts of up to 50 inches before
Harvey finally releases its grip on the Lone Star state late this
week. If this comes to fruition, it would be the greatest rainfall
totals from a tropical storm or hurricane in U.S. history.
estimates that a total of around 25 trillion gallons may be the final
statewide rainfall total for Harvey, which is such a unique storm due
to its slow-moving nature that the NWS has nearly run out of
superlatives describing it.