Imelda to Flood Parts of Texas
What was Tropical Storm Imelda, continues to dump tons of rain across parts of Texas and Louisiana as well.
The storm has weakened to a Tropical Depression but is still giving way to gusty winds and a lot of rain. Over the next few days, the storm will continue to slowly push northward and will continue to weaken. By the weekend the storm will be pretty much all but gone, and we look to see more dry time as we head into early next week.
Because of the amount of rain that is expected in the southern portions of East Texas, a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Nacogdoches, Angelina, Shelby, San Augustine, Trinity, Polk, Tyler, Jasper, and Newton counties until 7 pm Thursday. Rainfall amounts will vary from less than an inch to over three inches in spots further south. Areas closer to Houston and Beaumont could see well over a foot of rain by the time all is said and done. If you encounter floodwaters, remember to "turn around -- don't drown."
The rain, while it might be heavy, will actually be somewhat beneficial. Much of East Texas was in a moderate drought prior to this storm, with some areas under a severe drought. The rain will certainly help this situation out, however, because we are so dry, some flash flooding again is a possibility.
Imelda is the ninth named storm of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season. We’ve had three hurricanes in Barry, Dorian, and Humberto. Dorian was a major hurricane of Category 3 or stronger.
The updated outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released August 8 indicated that we are expected to see 10-17 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes, 2-4 of which would be major hurricanes. So far it appears we are on track for this outlook to look true.