Just off the western coast of Africa, the NHC had spotted a tropical wave. Then, throughout the day, things began to escalate rapidly – with the stormy weather soon forming Hurricane Harvey, as it would come to be known.
Yet Harvey was not the first hurricane to rear its head that term. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most active and destructive spells of its kind ever recorded. The region was in fact plagued by ten hurricanes – and to make matters worse, they each developed one right after the other.
Thirteen days after it had first been detected, Harvey struck Rockport, Texas. This moment marked the first time that a major hurricane had descended upon the United States in over a decade. And although Harvey was eventually reduced in category to a tropical storm, it nonetheless managed to wreak utter havoc.