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Social scientist: ‘Do not say storm downgraded’ given massive flood threat

It is true, Hurricane Harvey’s rating on the Saffir-Simpson intensity scale has fallen from Category 4 to Category 1 since making landfall near Rockport, Tex., Friday night.

But the Saffir-Simpson scale is only a measure of storm’s wind speed, and this storm’s most severe impact is expected to be disastrous rainfall. And the worst rain from Harvey is yet to come.

Gina Eosco, a social scientist who specializes in how people perceive weather messages, stressed that people who talk about this storm do not say it has been downgraded when the threat of catastrophic flooding looms.

“Do not say the ‘storm downgraded’,” she tweeted. “Inaccurate. Only wind. Emphasize #harvey flooding rain risk **for days**”

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.

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