GALVESTON, Texas (FOX 26) - The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey are projected to intensify once in the Gulf of Mexico and could also be headed straight for the Houston area. Although it would still be a few days away, people who live in areas prone to flooding are starting to keep a close watch.
Usually when storms are heading toward southeast Texas, all eyes are on the Galveston Seawall. Galveston County leaders wrote off Harvey as a threat over the weekend, but are now taking it more seriously.
"This is what happens in our business -- things change on a moment's notice and we're back here now looking at Harvey for a second time and expecting it to form as possibly a Category 1 hurricane and make landfall somewhere on the Texas coast," says Galveston County Judge Mark Henry.
It's hard to predict the impact that people in southeast Texas will feel from Harvey, but Galveston County is prepared, working with the National Weather Service with hourly briefings.
"Our potential threat is, and right now that could be as much as forty inches of rain," adds Henry. "That's why we want to make sure that everyone takes it seriously. All storms should be taken seriously and Harvey is no exception."
People are encouraged to stay informed, pack important information, prescription medication and have a plan for family and pets.
"Keep your fuel tank filled up, make sure that you have some water, you have some supplies at your house," City of Galveston Emergency Management Coordinator Niki Bender. "Any type of preparations, you have things that are outside that might be loose and might fly, you know take those in her and get that taken care of now."
Galveston residents say that when you live there, you always have to be ready.
"We're always prepared -- water, batteries, gas in the vehicles -- we're always ready," Galveston resident Frank Roberts.
If Harvey is heading toward southeast Texas, residents will not feel any affects until the weekend.