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Tropical Storm Imelda forms near the Texas coast

Posted at 12:24 PM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 14:45:17-04

Update: Tropical Storm Imelda has now made landfall near Freeport, Texas less than an hour after forming in the Gulf.

Tropical Depression Eleven has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Imelda with 40 mph and gusts up to 45 mph.

The latest forecast track has Imelda slowly moving to the north and pushing onshore just to the south of Galveston Tuesday afternoon/evening.

As Imelda moves closer to Houston it will weaken back down to a tropical depression on Wednesday but this system still looks to bring a lot of rain to the region.

Flooding looks to be the biggest concern as the models are indicating that some spots could see 10-15+ inches of rain between now and Thursday.

Locally, Tropical Storm Imelda will not impact us much except to produce a few scattered showers the next couple days and clouds to hold temperatures in the 80s.

Also, for those along the coast there is a Coastal Flood Advisory as the persistent southern flow will pile up the water about 1-2.5 feet above normal levels.

Lastly, for those offshore in the Gulf near the Texas coast it could be a couple rough days as rain bands from the system will produce strong winds (40-50 mph gusts) and heavy rains.