A depression in the western Gulf of Mexico made a leap in strength to become Tropical Storm Imelda on Tuesday.
Imelda is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 18 inches across the upper coastal region of Texas, including the Houston and Galveston areas.
One-half to one inch of rain may be expected in the Magnolia area by Friday due to the new tropical storm. Rainfall would be welcome in South Arkansas – magnoliareporter.com last recorded rainfall on August 6, and only two-tenths of an inch of rain since July 22.
At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Imelda’s center of circulation was over the Texas coast 30 miles west of Galveston and 30 miles south-southeast of Houston. It had sustained winds of 40 mph. Movement was to the north at 7 mph. Minimum central pressure was 29.71 inches.
Outer bands from Imelda are already over South Arkansas.
Imelda is expected to continue along its present tract through early Wednesday. A north-northwestward motion is expected Wednesday night and Thursday.
On the forecast track, the center of Imelda will continue to move farther inland across eastern Texas tonight and Wednesday.
Rainfall amounts of 4 to 6 inches with isolated totals of 10 inches are possible across portions of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana through Thursday. This rainfall may produce significant to life-threatening flash floods.
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