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Model predicts nearly a million power outages in Texas

A group of researchers led by Seth Guikema at the University of Michigan has created a model that predicts the number of power outages “based on wind speed estimates, population density, soil moisture levels, drought indices, and information about trees in each census tract.”

The model is projecting nearly a million customers without power due to Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey updates: Texas hit by powerful storm, heavy rain

Hurricane Harvey is on track to be the strongest storm to strike the United States in 12 years. It’s forecast to make landfall on the Texas coast late Friday or early Saturday. Follow along for updates on preparations, evacuations and forecasts.

Visit the Capital Weather Gang for more on the storm.