Hurricane Harvey – How Big Was It?

Posted on Sun, Sep 03, 2017

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While we’re still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Harvey, the statistics of the storm are stunning.  As the water recedes, people in the Houston area are taking stock of their situations, losses, and blessings.  We thought you might be interested in the current statistics of Hurricane Harvey.

History of Category 3 or Stronger Storms

4323: Days since the last Category 3 or stronger hurricane made U.S. landfall, since Wilma plowed into South Florida on Oct. 24, 2005. This was a record-long such stretch, according to Colorado State University tropical scientist, Dr. Phil Klotzbach.

1961: The last time a Category 4 hurricane made landfall in the Texas Coastal Bend. 

Hurricane Carla in September 1961 produced catastrophic damage from storm surge and high winds in Port O'Connor and Palacios, Texas, among other locations.

2: The number of Category 4 hurricanes on record that have made landfall in the Texas Coastal Bend region.  Hurricane Carla in September 1961 produced catastrophic damage from storm surge and high winds in Port O'Connor and Palacios, Texas, among other locations.

The only other Category 4 landfall of record near the Texas Coastal Bend was the infamous Indianola hurricane of August, 1886.

Storm Stats for Hurricane Harvey

3,100: Approximate miles traveled by Harvey, or its remnant, since it first became a tropical storm east of Barbados on August 17 until its final landfall along the Texas coast.

56: Hours it took for Harvey to strengthen from a tropical depression on August 23 to a Category 4 hurricane prior to landfall two days later.

More than 20 trillion gallons: That's the total amount of rain that fell across Texas and Louisiana, a staggering deluge that represents enough water to supply New York City's needs for over five decades.

51.88 inches: The amount of rain recorded at Cedar Bayou on the outskirts of Houston in just under five days, marking a new record for the heaviest rainfall for a storm in the continental U.S., according to the National Weather Service.

3: The number of times Harvey made landfal – twice as a hurricane in Texas and once more as a tropical storm in southwestern Louisiana.

Rescue Efforts

1 Million: According to CNN, about a million people have evacuated their homes.

72,000:  People have been rescued.

900: Calls that poured in per hour to call centers around Houston at the height of the disaster.

Cost of Damages

$125 billion: Texas Governor Greg Abbot said his state will need federal relief money "far in excess" of that total. Moody’s Analytics has estimated $97 billion in destruction alone and some $108 billion in total damages counting lost output.

185,149: Homes estimated to be damaged or destroyed by Harvey, according to Friday’s data from the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

364,000: People who have registered for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as of Friday, according to FEMA.

1 Million Vehicles:  According to automotive data firm Black Book, the number of ruined vehicles along the Texas Gulf Coast. 

1 in 7 Vehicles: In the Houston area, about one in seven cars may have been destroyed, according to analysts from Evercore ISI, an investment banking advisory and research firm.

Getting Assistance

Reach out to your insurance company. If you are a Dean and Draper customer, please visit our website, http://deananddraper.com, to locate lists of our insurance providers and their contact information. 

Filing a FEMA Claim.  We suggest that you file as soon as possible.  To get more instructions on filing and the forms to use, https://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance.

Dean and Draper

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Sources

USA Today

CNN

ABC News

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