When Hurricane Harvey slams into Texas, it’ll bring the biggest snow storm in US history
The storm that devastated Texas has already made landfall in the Lone Star State and could wreak havoc on the region for months to come.
The storm has made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, which means it’s expected to continue to grow in strength over the next several days.
But the impact of Harvey will be felt by Texas and beyond, with some areas already experiencing a 30-50 centimetre (10-30 in) increase in snowfall.
As of Monday morning, the storm was packing more than 12cm (5.2 inches) of snow on the ground.
It will likely be the worst snow storm to hit the US since 2004.
But despite the storm’s heavy snowfall, there are some positives in store for those who are still in Texas and want to see it get even worse.
“We’ve got an enormous amount of precipitation in the Gulf of Mexico right now and the Gulf Coast, and it will be pouring in, and the storm system is moving into that area,” meteorologist Michael Zee said.
“The potential for that storm system to bring a lot of rain and possibly some flash flooding to the Houston area is quite large.”
What to do if you’re in Texas If you’re outside the Houston metropolitan area, here are a few things to do.
If you have to evacuate, there’s a big chance you won’t be able to get out.
If it’s very dark, make sure you leave your phone and laptop in your car or apartment.
The best advice is to get into an area that’s relatively free of wind.
Don’t try to drive around your neighborhood in a storm.
It may not look like much at first, but as it approaches, there will be lots of wind, and even if you don’t have to drive, it’s a good idea to take some extra precautionary measures.
Make sure you have a car with an air suspension system and an airbag if you have one.
If your car has a spare battery, you can use it to charge it and make sure it’s safe to drive again.
“If you are in an area where there is a lot more snow and ice, and you’re getting some wind and hail that’s a lot worse,” Zee added.
“You’re basically in a really bad situation.”
If you need to evacuate but have nowhere to go, you should make sure that your car is parked near your home.
If the wind is strong, a lot can happen in the hour before the storm.
If there’s heavy precipitation, it may be difficult to get in, especially if you live in an apartment.
If that’s the case, Zee suggests that you leave at least one-third of your belongings at home, such as furniture and clothes.
“Be prepared for the possibility of some flooding to get underway as it does in Texas, and if you’ve got a lot at home you should be able for at least a couple of days before it gets a little worse,” he said.
If possible, get a friend to drive you there if you can.
If they can’t, consider driving yourself.
Zee also advised against leaving your car unattended in a car park.
“It’s better to get your car out of there and make it safe than to leave it in a parking lot and not get out in time,” he explained.
“So if you do have to get it out of the parking lot, make a plan to get back in there and get it in your trunk.”
Do not go anywhere without your car’s keys.
It is very important to get a backup plan.
“Just because you can drive it home doesn’t mean you should,” Zees advice said.
You can call the National Weather Service at 1-800-425-4544 to report the storm and report your location.
The National Weather Services meteorologists will also be keeping an eye on the storm, so keep an eye out for their Twitter feed and other information.
“There are a lot going on right now that you can’t ignore,” Z.C. Oates, a weather service meteorologist, said.
“We are going to get to know it a lot better over the coming days and weeks.”
With a report from Caley Clark