Harvey Could Impact Your Holiday Weekend

TOLEDO, OH (13abc Action News) – Thursday (8/31) Update - 5:30pm

The remnants of Hurricane Harvey are now moving through Arkansas and Mississippi. The large batch of moisture is expected to move into southwest Ohio late Friday night/early Saturday morning. NW Ohio will be on the very northwestern edge of the rain shield with the chance of rain mainly south and east of Toledo (especially Wyandot, Hancock, Seneca and Huron Counties).

Otherwise, the Holiday weekend looks pretty good with highs back into the 80s on Labor Day. Please click on the "weather tab" for more info on our local weather forecast.

-Chief Meteorologist Jay Berschback
Thursday (8/31) 7am Update:

Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical depression. The center of the storm is moving out of Louisiana and into Mississippi this morning. The storm track has not changed overnight. The center of the storm will approach the Ohio River late week. A few showers are possible here at home mainly southeast of US 24 on Saturday. -Meteorologist Ross Ellet
Wednesday (8/30) 6:00pm Update:

Tropical Storm Harvey is now centered in central Louisiana and moving to the northeast. The storm is still dropping very heavy rain and producing sustained winds of 40 mph. Another 4"-8" of rain is possible in eastern Texas and in Louisiana.

The storm track still takes the remnants of Harvey into the Ohio Valley, perhaps moving right along the Ohio River on Saturday. This will give the southeastern part of the viewing area a small chance of rain showers on Saturday, while most of the area will miss out on the rain from Harvey.

-Jay Berschback
Wednesday 8am Update:

51.88" of rain appears to be the highest amount observed from Harvey which occurred just east of Houston in Highlands, TX. That sets a new rainfall record in the United States. To put that amount of water in perspective, Toledo's wettest year on record was in 2011 when flooding was common in the spring and early summer. The yearly rain total reached 48.76" which still doesn't match the 5-day rain totals for a few communities in southeast Texas. The storm is shifting north of Texas, and the latest computer models keep all or most of the rain south and east of our area this weekend. -Meteorologist Ross Ellet
TUESDAY 2/29/17 - 11PM

Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to make a second landfall early Wednesday near the Texas/Louisiana state line. Heavy rain and damaging wind are still occurring, but the storm is now moving to the northeast and will not stay over the same spot for very long.

The latest path of the storm keeps it just south of NW Ohio, tracking through Kentucky on Friday and Saturday.

Highlands, TX received around 52" of rain (so far). This would equal 52 FEET of snow! Also, the all-time yearly rain record for Toledo is 48.76"...the 52" of rain Texas received in five days would have easily broken that record! Crazy stats...

-Chief Meteorologist Jay Berschback
TUESDAY 8/29/17--7:30AM UPDATE:
Tropical Storm Harvey picked up a little more steam overnight and delivered several more inches of rain to the Texas coast. An additional 5 to 15" of rain is possible in southeast Texas, and most of that will fall in the next 36 hours. Rain totals have topped 40" in spots. The National Weather Service office in Houston has reported 42.11" as of 5am (4am CDT).

The storm is still expected to arrive in our area on Saturday and Saturday night. Rain totals should be under 1". Stay with 13abc for the latest updates. -Meteorologist Ross Ellet
MONDAY 8/28/17

Tropical Storm Harvey, once Hurricane Harvey, is still battering parts of Texas and Louisiana with winds over 50 mph, torrential rain and even tornadoes. The problem is that there's no real atmospheric wind to guide Harvey out of Texas. With upper level winds relatively light, it's as if Harvey is on the side of the road, in no hurry to move.

As Harvey slowly meanders through Texas, 10-15" of additional rain is possible. That's on top of 20-40" of rain that has already fallen. This puts the storm totals by Thursday over 50" in many parts of southeast Texas! The all-time record for a storm total for rain is 48" in Texas from a storm named Amelia in 1978. Harvey looks like he'll top that number...

The remnants of Harvey will graze Northwest Ohio early Labor Day weekend, most likely on Saturday. We can expect a much weaker system with winds up to 25 mph and around 1" of rain possible. The storm will then race toward the east coast as we approach Labor Day.

Stay with 13abc and 13abc.com for more information on our local weather forecast and updates on Harvey.

-Chief Meteorologist Jay Berschback