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Rain spawned by Harvey expected today

From staff and wire reports
Aug. 30, 2017 at 12:21 a.m.

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Harvey is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain to the Longview area by Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Shreveport.

"For Longview, we are looking at ... 70 percent of showers and thunderstorms (today) and 60 percent for (tonight), and then the chance of rain is also 70 percent on Thursday," said Cynthia Palmer, NWS meteorologist.

Palmer said Tropical Storm Harvey is supposed to move inland this morning on the southwest coast of Louisiana, increasing the chances for thunderstorms here.

"He will push toward North Virginia Friday and move out of the area. Although there is a chance of rain for the weekend, it is not related to Harvey," she said.

In Longview, crews have checked drainage areas this week and are on standby in case of flooding or other issues, said city spokesman Shawn Hara.

Even though the area is expected to escape extremely heavy rainfall and related activity such as tornadoes, the Northeast Texas Public Health District advises residents to make their own local preparations and to develop an action plan, just in case.

This is particularly important for people who live in low-lying areas, near bodies of water such as creeks, streams and lakes or downstream from one.

Residents are encouraged to visit healthyeasttx.org/important-notices/ and to make sure they have all of the emergency items their family might need, such as extra batteries, flashlights, first-aid kits, toiletries and non-perishable food.

NET Health also encourages residents to:

Make sure you have at least three days of food for every member of your family.

Collect at least 1 gallon of clean water per day for every member of your family.

Check on elderly family members and anyone you know who may live in isolation.

Write down the cellphone numbers of people you need to contact, in case you lose your phone.

Stock up on extra batteries for flashlights, cellphones and necessary medical devices.

Create a list of all prescription medications, doctors and medical providers.

Place all important documents such as insurance cards, emergency contact information and immunization records in waterproof materials such as Ziploc bags and Tupperware containers.

— The Tyler Morning Telegraph contributed to this report.

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