Tropical Storm Imelda Brings Stormy Surf to Coastal Texas

Tropical Storm Imelda made landfall near Freeport, Texas, on September 17, bringing heavy rain and possible flooding to the area, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

As of 4 pm on Tuesday, the NHC said Tropical Storm Imelda was 30 miles west of Galveston and 30 miles south-southeast of Houston. The storm had maximum winds of 40 mph and was moving at 7 mph.

The NHC said Imelda was expected to move inland and cross eastern Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday. Forecasters projected the storm to weaken to a tropical depression once it moved further inland.

Forecasters said the storm could generally bring six to 12 inches of rain, but up to 18 inches could collect in the “upper coastal region” of Texas, including Houston and Galveston. The heavy rainfall could prompt “significant to life-threatening flash floods,” the NHC said.

This video shows storm conditions and choppy waters along the coast of Galveston. Credit: Emily Evans via Storyful