Tropical Strom Imelda makes landfall in Texas, Houston prepares for flooding

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Published Wednesday, September 18, 2019
by Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist

A rapidly developing system strengthened into Tropical Depression Eleven Tuesday at Noon CDT and one hour later was dubbed Tropical Storm Imelda. The Houston area and other places in eastern Texas are bracing for up to 18 inches of rain.

The development of Imelda occurred just a few hours after Tropical Depression Ten formed over the central Atlantic.

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PICT RADAR Tropical Storm Imelda
This radar image, taken on Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2019, shows the mass of showers and thunderstorms with a center of circulation near Freeport, Texas. Courtesy AccuWeather

"The center of the Gulf system is forecast to move onshore by Tuesday night," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

Once Imelda moves inland, the strengthening process will end and gradual weakening will commence. However, torrential rainfall will be unleashed.

Regardless of the official designation of the storm near the Texas coast, enough rain is forecast to fall to cause significant street, highway and low-lying area flooding from southern Louisiana to the middle of the Texas coast. This includes the cities of Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Beaumont, Houston, Galveston, Matagorda, Victoria and Corpus Christi, Texas, this week.

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