On Tuesday, September 17, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the coast of Texas after the formation of Tropical Storm Imelda in the Gulf of Mexico. The Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Sargent to Port Bolivar. As of 12:00 (local time) on Tuesday, the center of Imelda is located at approximately 28.7°N 95.4°W (map here) and is tracking north at 11 kph (7 mph). Imelda has maximum sustained winds of 55 kph (35 mph) and some slight strengthening is possible before the center of the storm moves inland over the Texas coast on Tuesday afternoon. The storm is expected to produce rainfall totals of 12-25 cm (5-10 in), with isolated totals of 38 cm (15 in).
Life-threatening flash flooding, damaging winds, and high storm surge are likely throughout the abovementioned areas. Associated power outages and disruptions to transportation and business services are to be expected in areas forecast to be affected by the storm over the coming hours and days.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by Tropical Storm Imelda are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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