Update: Heavy rainfall expected in Fort Worth, Hurricane Harvey approaches Texas coast

By Shane Battis

Update: Aug. 25 at 12:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Fort Worth predicts some heavy rain this weekend, but did not include strong winds in Friday’s update.

Hurricane Harvey is still approaching the Texas coast and has been labeled at Category 2 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

President Trump offered federal help to Texas in wake of the coming storm in a conversation with Gov. Greg Abbott, according to a press release on Abbott’s website. It reports that the president “pledged all available resources from the federal government to assist in preparation, and rescue and recovery efforts.”

The release also maintained that the state is working with local and federal partners and that Abbott will call upon Trump for additional help, if necessary.


An advisory has been issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Texas residents in the path of Hurricane Harvey.

Harvey, according to the NHC, is a Category 1 hurricane moving northwest from the Gulf of Mexico toward Southeast Texas. It is expected to be a Category 3 when it reaches the coast.

Residents in the storm’s path have been urged to know their evacuation zone and to follow instructions from state, local and tribal officials, according to the FEMA press release. FEMA reminded drivers that six inches of water can lead to hydroplaning and that drivers shouldn’t attempt to go through high waters.

Thursday’s rain in Fort Worth was unrelated to Harvey, but the NWS in Fort Worth predicts some heavy rainfall on Saturday as the storm moves toward Texas’ southeast coast.

The NWS has warned of some localized flooding in Tarrant County this weekend and possible strong winds up to 35 mph.

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While Fort Worth may not be experiencing the full force of Harvey, the city is offering aid to Corpus Christi – the southeast coastal city bracing for the coming storm.

The Fort Worth Fire Department has deployed 14 members of its personnel to help Corpus Christi, said Lt. Kyle Falkner. They are part of the swift/flood water team as well as the urban search and rescue team, which are responsible for helping victims from high water and collapsed buildings.

Falkner added that the absence of these members won’t hurt their response capabilities in Fort Worth.

This is a developing story and will be updated.