Tropical Storm Edouard – 2008-4

Edouard Inland and Weakening

At 10:00am CDT –

– Tropical Storm Warning continues for Cameron, LA westward to San
Luis Pass, Texas. All other watches and warnings have been
discontinued.

– The center of Tropical Storm Edouard was located 45 miles
north-northeast of Galveston, Texas, moving west-northwest at 15mph.
This should take Edouard over the I-45 and FM 1960 area within the
next few hours. Maximum sustained winds are near 60mph and weakening
will occur. Minimum surface pressure is 997mb.

– Tropical Storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the
center. Sustained winds of 54mph were recently measured near Sabine
Pass.

Discussion:

No change to forecast track or reasoning. Edouard is being steered by
a mid-level 594dm ridge over the central/southeast U.S. Models
disagree on what will happen with Edouard beyond 48 hours, but at that
point it really doesn't matter. NHC continues Edouard on its current
track to northeast of Midland by 7pm Wednesday. As noted previously,
Edouard will be a great rain producer for parts of Texas.

Houston should primarily receive rainfall and sustained winds to
45mph, with some high gusts. Current radar shows outer rain bands
moving into the I-10/Beltway 8 area as Edouard moves west-northwest.
There is an intense area of convection on the southwest side that may
impact downtown Houston in a few hours. Impacts should be short-lived
as Edouard continues to move at 15mph.

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Putnam has been storm chasing since 1990 and is a co-founder of Hook-Echo.com. For his day job, Putnam works in emergency management for information technology.
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