Hous­ton area pre­par­ing for heavy rain, floods from Imelda

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

HOUS­TON — Of­fi­cials in the Hous­ton area were pre­par­ing high-wa­ter ve­hi­cles and stag­ing res­cue boats Tues­day as Trop­i­cal Storm Imelda moved in from the Gulf of Mex­ico, threat­en­ing to dump up to 18 inches of rain in parts of South­east Texas and south­west­ern Louisiana over the next few days.

The storm, which formed Tues­day, made land­fall near Freeport, Texas, with max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 40 mph.

Jeff Lind­ner, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist and di­rec­tor of flood op­er­a­tions for the Har­ris County Flood Con­trol District in Hous­ton, said the main threat from Imelda re­mained the po­ten­tial for heavy rain­fall and flood­ing.

Mean­while, the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter said Hur­ri­cane Hum­berto in the At­lantic Ocean is pos­ing a stronger threat to Ber­muda, though it was more than 500 miles away.

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