Latest Details on Tropical Storm Edouard

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The following are reports from the Associated Press concerning Tropical Storm Edouard's arrival in Texas:

Forecasters late today downgraded Edouard to a tropical depression as it continues dumping rain in parts of Texas and the Brazos Valley. Coastal tropical storm warnings have been dropped.
Edouard made landfall early today around Sabine Pass, just east of Beaumont.

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12:43 PM:
GALVESTON, Texas -- Tropical Storm Edouard eased ashore Tuesday near Galveston -- but no major damage is reported.

The storm made landfall east of Galveston and west of the Louisiana border, between High Island and Sabine Pass -- and was weakening as it headed inland.

Governor Rick Perry says even small storms can create dangerous situations and Texas is ready to assist communities that might need help.

Perry says flooding continues to be a viable threat to the coastal area.

CenterPoint Energy, which serves two million customers, says very few users lost electricity.

Some flight delays were reported in Houston.

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10:26 AM:
GALVESTON, Texas -- Tropical Storm Edouard hit the Texas Gulf coast east of Galveston Tuesday with strong winds and heavy rain. But the storm has done little more than soak the travelers who came to relax on the tourist town's beaches.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm was starting to weaken as it headed inland toward central Texas, with top sustained winds easing to near 60 miles per hour from 65 miles per hour.

The storm made landfall east of Galveston and west of the Louisiana border, between the small coastal town of High Island and Sabine Pass. Though forecasters had feared it could become a hurricane, its winds never reached hurricane strength of 74 miles per hour.

In Galveston, a few surfers were in the water and some people were riding bikes at the beach as the heavy rains approached.

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8:49 AM:
GALVESTON, Texas -- Tropical Storm Edouard hit the Texas Gulf coast east of Galveston Tuesday with strong winds and heavy rain. But the storm did little more than soak the travelers who came to relax on the tourist town's beaches.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm made landfall over a stretch of coast east of Galveston and west of the Louisiana border, between the small coastal town of High Island and Sabine Pass. Though forecasters had feared it could become a hurricane, its sustained winds only reached 65 miles per hour, short of hurricane strength at 74 miles per hour.

The storm is expected to weaken later in the day as it moves west-northwest over Texas.

Strong winds and horizontal rain were hitting the Bolivar Peninsula, a thin strip of land northeast of Galveston that separates Galveston Bay from the Gulf of Mexico. The area is dotted with beach houses and patches of trees.

Some homes and businesses in the small peninsula town of Crystal Beach were boarded up early Tuesday and some street lights were out, but there were no apparent signs of serious damage.

In Galveston, a few surfers were in the water and some people were riding bikes alongside the beach as the heavy rains approached.

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7:20 AM
GALVESTON, Texas -- Tropical Storm Edouard hit the Texas Gulf coast east of Galveston Tuesday with strong winds and rain -- but it was expected to weaken as it makes its way inland during the day.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm made landfall over a stretch of coast east of Galveston and west of the Louisiana border, between High Island and Sabine Pass.

Maximum sustained winds were 65 miles per hour, short of hurricane strength that starts at 74 miles per hour.

It is the height of tourist season in Galveston, but tourism officials say many vacationers were planning to stay in hopes that the area isn't hit as hard as South Padre Island was by Hurricane Dolly on July 23.

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4:12 AM
GALVESTON, Texas -- Texas and Louisiana officials are preparing for Tropical Storm Edouard.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from Grand Isle, La., westward to Sargent in Texas. A hurricane watch is in effect from west of Intracoastal City, La. to Sargent.

The tropical storm warning and hurricane watch were discontinued for areas south of Sargent early this morning.

At 4 a.m. Central time Tuesday, Edouard's maximum sustained winds had strengthened to near 65 miles-per-hour, with higher gusts. The storm's center was located about 50 miles southeast of Port Arthur, Texas, and 85 miles east of Galveston.

The storm was moving toward the west-northwest near 12 miles-per-hour and forecasters said the storm could intensify and approach hurricane strength by time it reached the coast.

The hurricane center predicted Edouard's center could make landfall just east of Galveston, across the Bolivar Peninsula.

No evacuations have been ordered in Galveston but local officials in the storm-seasoned town are urging caution.


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