Harvey formed on this day in 2017

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On Aug. 17, 2017, Tropical Storm Harvey formed in the Caribbean, east of the Windward Islands. The disturbance began as a tropical wave off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic on Aug. 12.

By Aug. 18, the storm swept past the Windward Islands, making landfall on St. Vincent and Barbados, with sustained winds at 45 mph. The storm began to fizzle, turning back into a tropical wave by Aug. 19.

It took until Aug. 23, near the Bay of Campeche, for the disorganized showers and thunderstorms to form a new surface low. The storm underwent rapid intensification to become a tropical storm — again — that night.

A timeline of Harvey's trek across the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico in late August 2017. Image courtesy of The Weather Channel.

The next day, Aug. 24, Harvey became a hurricane, continuing to travel northwest over the next two days, strengthening into a category 4 storm. It made landfall just east of Rockport, Texas, with winds of 130 mph on Aug. 26. Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. since Wilma in 2005.

Harvey created $125 billion damage in the U.S., second only to Katrina in the list of costliest U.S. hurricanes. More than 100 people died from direct and indirect impacts of the storm. 

Find out more information about Harvey’s journey to Texas from an original article by The Weather Channel.

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