Tropical Storm Imelda weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall near Freeport (Texas state) on the afternoon (local time) of Tuesday, September 17. As of 19:00 on Tuesday, Imelda is located south of Houston (map here) and is forecast to bring heavy rain to the city in the coming hours. Total rainfall accumulations between 15-30 cm (6-12 in), and up to 45 cm (18 in) in isolated areas, are expected in the region and may cause life-threatening flash floods. Imelda is forecast to continue moving inland across eastern Texas into Wednesday, September 18, before dissipating. Associated power outages and disruptions to transportation and business services are possible in areas forecast to be affected by the storm over the coming hours and days.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by Tropical Depression 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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