VoIP Hurricane Net Secured on Saturday 8/26/17 at 230 PM EDT/1830 UTC – Hurricane Harvey Has Been Downgraded to Tropical Storm Harvey
Hello to all…
The VoIP Hurricane Net secured on Saturday 8/26/17 at 230 PM EDT/1830 UTC as Hurricane Harvey was downgraded to Tropical Storm Harvey. Harvey is currently stationary and while he is a tropical storm now, he will continue to bring very heavy rainfall and significant to potentially catastrophic flooding and strong to damaging winds with a threat of isolated tornadoes. Local and regional SKYWARN groups across Texas and possibly into Southwest Louisiana should remain active providing reports via the SKYWARN reporting criteria to support providing situational awareness and disaster intelligence to local and state emergency management, non-governmental organizations and other groups.
A complete listing of reports generated from stations in the affected area of Harvey and from stations that had relays into the affected area of Harvey can be seen via the following link: http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK
At this time, Harvey is expected to remain over land and continue to weaken but maintain tropical storm strength for a prolonged period. Harvey is not expected to move much which is the reason for the significant concerns regarding heavy rainfall and catastrophic flooding. The slow movement of Harvey means that weather models will struggle to resolve his exact track. If Harvey were to reemerge over the water, that may allow it to maintain tropical storm strength longer. At this time, Harvey is not expected to reemerge fast enough or be close enough to the water to reintensify into a hurricane but given the slow movement and model uncertainty, this will bear close monitoring.
The VoIP Hurricane Net management team will closely monitor the progress of Harvey and will maintain an informal listening watch on the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 reflector system over the course of the weekend and remains open for use by any local or regional SKYWARN groups in the affected area of Harvey. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team also wishes to thank all involved with the net activation from the stations in the affected area who gave the net reports, the net controls who ran the net and researched other resources for information and data from the affected area for relay to WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, to the owners of the listen only Echolink conferences and IRLP reflectors and Youtube livestream for all their help and support during this VoIP Hurricane Net activation for Harvey.
A few sample audio clips from the net activation will be provided later today or Sunday Morning. An after action report will likely follow in a week or two.
Finally, a reminder that due to the VoIP Hurricane Net activation for Harvey, the weekly VoIP Hurricane Prep Net for this Saturday Evening has been cancelled. Barring another hurricane net activation near or during the weekend, the weekly net will resume Saturday September 2nd, 2017.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net