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
Radar update: 8 AM CDT Sep 18
— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) September 18, 2019
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
Here’s the breakdown of public advisories from NOAA’s NHC in decreasing order of severity:
Flash Flood Watch:
- Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana
- Remember, Ready.gov provides information on how to prepare for a storm and how to keep you and your family safe.
- Understanding the meaning of hurricane maps – a NY Times Opinion Piece: Those Hurricane Maps Don’t Mean What You Think They Mean
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