August 30, 2017 / 9:08 PM / a year ago

Tropical Storm Harvey could weaken into depression in less than 12 hours: U.S. NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to weaken into a depression in less than 12 hours even as catastrophic and life-threatening flooding continues in southeastern Texas and parts of southwestern Louisiana, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.

“The forecast weakening will not eliminate the risk of continued heavy rainfall and flooding along Harvey’s path, although the system’s faster motion will keep subsequent rainfall totals well below what occurred over southeastern Texas,” NHC said.

The storm is about 50 miles (80 km) north of Lake Charles, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (64 km per hour), the Miami-based forecaster said.

Reporting by Swati Verma in Bengaluru; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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