Tropical Storm Imelda has been downgraded to a tropical depression. Widespread rainfall continues today and the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Harris County until 7:00 AM Thursday.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Imelda is expected to continue moving northward across southeast Texas through Thursday.
Tropical Storm Imelda has formed in the Gulf of Mexico directly off the Texas coast. Imelda is the ninth named storm of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
District residents are encouraged to ensure they are prepared for severe weather and heavy rains as Tropical Storm Imelda makes landfall. The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for the Greater Houston area.
The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning from Sargent, Texas in Matagorda County to Port Bolivar. The storm is expected to make landfall over eastern Brazoria County and western Galveston County by early evening.
Scattered thunderstorms will continue to move through the region through Thursday. Residents should avoid unnecessary travel and ensure that a storm kit is available to them. Roadways and small streams may be flooded as rainfall rates as high as 2-3 inches per hour may occur during the storm. Total rainfall between 6 and 10 inches are expected over the duration of the storm.
People should bring their pets inside and delay travel or outdoor activities during periods of heavy rainfall. If travel is unavoidable, reduce your speed to avoid hydroplaning. If a Flash Flood Warning is issued for your area, DO NOT TRAVEL. From the official Harris and Fort Bend County resident awareness systems:
Residents can keep an eye on the storm’s progress through the National Weather Service’s website or their local television stations.