Update: Tropical Storm Harvey makes second landfall at Texas-Louisiana border

Tropical Storm Harvey made a second landfall Wednesday, near the Louisiana-Texas border and continues to drench the region with rain. The storm is expected to bring winds of 30 to 40 mph. While heavy rains have ended in the Houston area, catastrophic flooding will continue in the city and east into southwestern Louisiana for the rest of the week. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for southwest Louisiana.

  • Heavy rain and potential flooding will continue along the path of Harvey.
  • Port Arthur, TX received 24 inches of rain overnight and the city is inaccessible.
  • There are still a few roads flooded in Victoria, TX and Corpus Christi, TX but conditions have improved considerably.
  • Thursday morning Harvey is forecasted to be a tropical depression centered about 80 miles northeast of Alexandria, LA with winds of 35 mph.
  • Friday morning Harvey’s center is projected to be on the Tennessee and Mississippi border south of Jackson, TN with winds of 30 mph.
  • Saturday morning the remnants of Harvey will be centered near Lexington, KY with winds of 25 mph.
  • Rainfall amounts as Harvey moves north will be considerably less. Along a line from Alexandria, LA to Memphis, TN and Louisville, KY, most of the areas will see between 4-8 inches of additional rain through Friday.

This devastating storm has, and will continue to have, a major impact on intermodal shipments to the Houston area.  The BNSF and KCS ramps in Houston will both remain closed until further notice as current road conditions make them inaccessible.

Intermodal Impacts:

  • The railroads are holding traffic at origin for shipments destined to Houston (BNSF in Chicago, KCS at IFG in Kansas City, and CSX in Marion).
  • There are several trains in transit that are currently staged.
  • Los Angeles is allowing intermodal traffic to in-gate, but is moving it to Kansas City to hold.
  • The UP is also closed in the impacted areas.


We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as available.


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