Hurricane Harvey is following the perfect recipe to be a monster storm, meteorologists say.

Warm water. Check. Calm air at 40,000 feet high. Check. Slow speed to dump maximum rain. Check.

University of Miami senior hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said Harvey combines the worst attributes of nasty recent Texas storms: The devastating storm surge of Hurricane Ike in 2008; the winds of Category 4 Hurricane Brett in 1999 and days upon days of heavy rain of Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.

Rainfall is forecast to be as high as 35 inches through next Wednesday in some areas.

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Deadly storm surge ? the push inwards of abnormally high ocean water above regular tides ? could reach 12 feet, the National Hurricane Center warned, calling Harvey life-threatening.

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Harvey’s forecast path is the type that keeps it stronger longer with devastating rain and storm-force wind lasting for several days, not hours.

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