More Than 6 Inches Of Rain Expected In Parts Of Southeast Texas

Alan Scaia
September 17, 2019 - 9:50 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The National Hurricane Center announced early this afternoon that the system off the upper Texas coast had grown into Tropical Storm Imelda.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect from Sargent to Port Bolivar, including Galveston Island. Imelda could grow a bit more before moving inland, but likely will not become a hurricane. 

The National Weather Service says some areas of the Texas coast and East Texas could receive more than six inches of rain over the next two days.

A flash flood watch covers eight counties and includes the cities of Houston and Galveston.

The National Weather Service says widespread areas of three inches are likely with isolated areas of more than six inches. KRLD Chief Meteorologist Dan Brounoff says people should stay off the water over the next two days.

"If you're thinking of heading off to the southeast of Houston right now or to the east of Corpus Christi, I wouldn't do so. It's really bad out there," Brounoff says.

Texas Task Force One and Texas Parks and Wildlife are sending squads of rescue boats in anticipation of the rain. Governor Greg Abbott says the Texas Division of Emergency Management, DPS, TxDOT, and the National Guard are also standing by in case of flash flooding.

"As severe weather approaches the Gulf Coast, the state of Texas is taking necessary precautions to ensure local officials have the resources they need to respond this event," Governor Greg Abbott wrote in a statement. "State assets have been positioned for quick deployment in the regions expected to be impacted by these storms and I encourage all Texans in the southeast coastal area to heed all warnings from local officials and pay close attention to weather reports as this system approaches."

As the system moves into Northeast Texas, Brounoff says he expects the flash flood watch to be extended.

"Into Thursday and Friday, that rain spreads farther north into North and East Texas, including the Ark-La-Tex," he says. "There's going to be a sharp line, and areas west of this line won't see much rain at all out of this. It's going to be more scattered in nature."

Brounoff says that line is likely to extend down Interstate 35.