(KWTX) Heavy rain and significant flash flooding are expected to spread inland over East Texas over the next couple of days as Tropical Depression Imelda slowly moves to the north, forecasters said Wednesday.
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the depression was about 75 miles north of Houston with maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour and was moving north at 5 miles per hour.
Flash flood watches were in effect for southeast Texas and extreme southwest Louisiana.
Through Friday, Imelda is expected to dump an additional l5 to 10 inches of rain across the Upper Texas Coast into East Texas with isolated totals as high as 25 inches.
Central Texas could get some rain from the depression, as well.
On Wednesday there’s about a 30 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms, but on Thursday, rain is likely.
Rain chances continue into the start of the weekend.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush Wednesday warned residents of affected areas of the state to keep a close eye on conditions.
"Now is the time to sign up for alerts, gather supplies, turn around don't drown and heed warnings from local officials,” Bush said.
“I urge all Texans to remain vigilant and protect their families from possible flooding. If it can rain, it can flood. While no one can control the weather, everyone can take steps to prepare.”