Tropical Depression Imelda Producing Catastrophic Flooding Across East Texas

An unrelenting Tropical Depression Imelda is causing serious flash flooding in parts of southeastern Texas on Thursday morning, covering roads, trapping people in vehicles and homes, and sending rescuers scrambling to get to those most in need.

Flooding is most serious in counties just to the north and east of Houston — in places like Chambers and Jefferson counties, and its communities such as Beaumont and Winnie.

Thursday is the third straight day Imelda is deluging the region.

Floodwaters intruded onto Interstate 10 early Thursday near Winnie east of Houston,

As of 9:00 AM Thursday AST, the center of Tropical Depression Imelda was located near latitude 31.3 North, longitude 95.5 West. The depression is moving toward the north-northwest near 7 KM/H and this motion is expected to continue through today.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 KM/H with higher gusts. A gradual weakening is forecast during the next 24 hours.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1009 millibars.

Watches & Warnings

 Watches and Warnings as a result of Tropical Depression Imelda as of 9:00 AM AST Thursday 19th September 2019. Credit: National Weather Service
Watches and Warnings as a result of Tropical Depression Imelda as of 9:00 AM AST Thursday 19th September 2019. Credit: National Weather Service

Flash flood watches, warnings, and emergencies are in effect for southeast Texas and western Louisiana as a result of Tropical Depression Imelda.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.

Hazards Affecting Land

Tropical Depression Imelda as of 9:00 AM AST Thursday 19th September 2019. Credit: National Weather Service
Tropical Depression Imelda as of 9:00 AM AST Thursday 19th September 2019. Credit: National Weather Service

Imelda is expected to produce the following rainfall amounts through Friday:

  • Across the Upper Texas Coast into far southeast Texas – additional 5 to 10 inches with isolated storm totals of 25 to 35 inches.
  • Across portions of southwest Louisiana – Additional 3 to 5 inches
    with isolated totals of 10 inches.
  • Rest of East Texas – 2 to 4 inches with isolated totals around 8
    inches.

These rainfall totals may produce significant to life-threatening flash floods.


This tropical depression is of no threat to the Windward Islands, including Trinidad and Tobago.

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