Imelda bringing heavy rain & flood threat to East Texas tonight, Thursday

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As the heavy rain threat increases, a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for more counties in East Texas. Trinity county until 7 AM Thursday, and for Angelina, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Smith, & Shelby counties until 7 AM Friday.

Heavy rain will likely occur tonight in Deep East Texas.

Here is a look at the rain totals in East Texas from our airport locations – this will update hourly.

10 AM Wednesday Update:
Tropical Depression Imelda was located about 50 miles east of College Station and was moving slowly north at 5 mph. The winds with Imelda were sustained at 30 mph.

Rainfall totals in Southeast Texas:

SAN BERNARD NWR          21.37
SARGENT 1 ENE            17.16
FREEPORT                 15.30
CHOCOLATE BAYOU          10.82
ALVIN 1.6 SW             9.40
LEAGUE CITY 2.7 NE       8.79
PEARLAND 4.0 ENE         8.70
KEMAH 0.2 WNW            8.30
FRIENDSWOOD              8.17
SANTA FE                 7.36
WEBSTER                  6.97
GALVESTON APRT           6.70
MATAGORDA 1 Mile S       5.41
PORT ARTHUR 7 Miles N    4.81
BEAUMONT 3.3 Miles SW    4.80

4 AM Wednesday Update:
Tropical Depression Imelda has sustained winds at 30 mph and some higher gusts. She was located about 25 miles NNW of Houston, and moving North at 5 mph. Heavy rain has been reported across Southeast Texas.

Heavy rainfall is ongoing now over the coastal areas and will continue to move into East Texas the remainder of the day. Follow the Hurricane Tracker radar here or click here to view our Interactive Radar. Also, download the East Texas Storm Team App to track the rain and storms.

10 PM Tuesday Update:
Tropical Depression Imelda continues to bring in heavy rain across Southeast Texas on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Heavy rain bands will start to set up across East Texas Wednesday & Thursday. This was the final update from the National Hurricane Center.

7 PM Tuesday Update:
Tropical Storm Imelda downgraded to a Tropical Depression. Winds at 35 mph and moving north at 7 mph. The threat for life-threatening flooding exists for Southeast Texas through Thursday.

Original Story:
The East Texas Storm Team is tracking an area of low pressure along the Texas upper Gulf coast region, producing heavy rainfall for this area. This is Tropical Storm Imelda.

An analysis conducted by the National Hurricane Center on Tuesday morning showed a stronger system and became a Tropical Depression. At 12:45 PM Tuesday, the depression became Tropical Storm Imelda with winds at 40 mph and gusts nearing 50 mph. Imelda made landfall in Freeport, Texas (about 35 miles SW of Galveston) at 1:30 PM Tuesday.

See our video above for the latest on Imelda’s impact to East Texas.

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