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Update: Tropical Storm Imelda Makes Landfall on Texas Coast

September 17, 2019

A tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico that quickly upgraded into Tropical Storm Imelda has made landfall on the Texas coast near Freeport.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm likely will produce life-threatening flash flooding in some parts of the upper Texas coast, including in the Houston and Galveston areas.

The storm made landfall at 1 pm central time with sustained maximum winds of 40 mph. The NHC issued a tropical storm warning for the Texas coast from Sargent to Port Bolivar.

The storm is currently on a track to move north-northwest and is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of between 5 and 10 inches, with isolated amounts of 15 inches possible in some areas. In a Facebook post, NHC Director Ken Graham said Imelda’s rain bands would stretch into Louisiana. He said the storm originally had formed just 15 to 20 miles offshore.

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