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TROPICAL DEPRESSION IMELDA: STRONGER THAN YOU THINK

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 AS OF 10:00 AM CDT

Tropical Depression Imelda is hovering over south Texas and Louisiana as it travels slowly north at 5 miles per hour, bringing with it large quantities of rain as it sits over land. Similar to Hurricane Harvey, this storm brings an extended period of severe rainfall. In fact, guidance shows that Imelda might bring the largest amount of rainfall to the area since Harvey.

Imelda Rainfall History: Source

 

Imelda Predicted Rainfall: Source

Imelda was downgraded to a tropical depression last night, but it is still expected to bring as much as 10 inches of rain to south Texas and Louisiana. The flash flood watch covers an area of approximately 7 million people. Isolated areas in Texas should expect as much as 20 – 25 inches of rain over the next few days.

Tropical Depression Imelda Sits Over South Texas

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages individuals to stay safe and find shelter in flooded areas. Individuals should heed the warnings of local authorities and prepare for hurricane conditions. The Hagerty Blog Team will continue providing information and updates.

NOAA Guidance Flood Safety: Source

Public Advisories

Here’s the breakdown of public advisories from NOAA’s NHC in decreasing order of severity:

Flash Flood Watch:

  • Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana

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