Monday, August 4, 2008

Tropical Storm Edouard takes aim at Texas, Louisiana coast

Tropical Storm Edouard formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, and forecasters expected it to bring high winds and several inches of rain to the coasts of western Louisiana and eastern Texas.

Edouard was expected to make landfall somewhere in Texas or southwest Louisiana Tuesday morning. It was moving west near 8 mph, and forecasters said the warm waters of the Gulf provided the right conditions for the storm to intensify and approach hurricane strength with winds of 75 mph or more.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from the mouth of the Mississippi River westward to San Luis Pass in Texas. A hurricane watch was in effect from west of Intracoastal City, La. to Port O’Connor, Texas.

Edouard was moving west near 6 mph and the center was expected to move parallel to the Louisiana coast Sunday night into today and approach the upper Texas coast Tuesday.

Rainfall of 1 to 3 inches was expected in coastal Louisiana, with 2 to 6 inches forecast in southeast Texas.

Tides of 2 to 4 feet above normal levels were expected in parts of the warning area.Coastal Louisiana, particularly Vermilion and Cameron parishes, could get some strong winds, heavy rains and high tides because the system is moving close to the Acadiana coastline

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