Well... that didn't last long. A tropical storm for all of an hour, Imelda made landfall near Freeport a short time ago. Maximum sustained winds in a small portion of the heavier convection off-shore continue to be near 40 MPH. Gusty winds are expected with heavier activity as it moves onshore this afternoon. I want to emphasis that this designation does not lower the flooding potential over the coming days. That flooding potential continues to look significant and could become a bad issue in portions of Southeast Texas later tonight and on Wednesday. Honestly, this system becoming a tropical storm doesn't change the primary impact (flooding). However, it having a 'name' will probably make communications easier. You can find my very detailed forecast on the upcoming rain/flooding event here. Once all the morning model data is in and afternoon forecasts are made we'll get a new detailed blog post out.
Tropical Storm Imelda Tropical Cyclone Update
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL112019
130 PM CDT Tue Sep 17 2019
...TROPICAL STORM IMELDA MAKES LANDFALL NEAR FREEPORT TEXAS...
...HEAVY RAINFALL AND THREAT OF FLASH FLOODING WILL SPREAD INLAND...
NOAA Doppler radar data and surface observations indicate that
Tropical Storm Imelda made landfall near Freeport, Texas at
100 PM CDT with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
A National Ocean Service observing site at Freeport, Texas reported
a minimum pressure near 1005 mb (29.68 inches) around the time of
SUMMARY OF 130 PM CDT...1830 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 0 MI...0 KM S OF FREEPORT TEXAS
ABOUT 35 MI...55 KM SW OF GALVESTON TEXAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...40 MPH...65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 5 DEGREES AT 7 MPH...11 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1005 MB...29.68 INCHES