Tropical storm makes landfall near Freeport, could produce rain here

A tropical depression formed Tuesday off the Texas coast that could affect parts of Central Texas by Wednesday. (NHC/NOAA)
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(KWTX) Tropical Storm Imelda made landfall early Tuesday afternoon near Freeport and it could affect parts of Central Texas by Wednesday.

Imelda was downgraded to a tropical depression just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, but is still likely to produce drenching rain.

A tropical storm warning was issued earlier Tuesday for the Texas coast from Sargent to Port Bolivar as Imelda churned toward the north at 7 miles per hour.

On the current track, the center of the storm will move inland over the upper Texas coast later Tuesday and farther inland Tuesday night and Wednesday, producing heavy rain that could cause flash flooding.

The storm could produce rain in areas east of Interstate 35 in Central Texas, according to the National Hurricane Center’s projection, but the main impact will be along upper coastal regions of Texas into far southwest Louisiana, where heavy rain could produce life-threatening flash floods.

Some parts of Harris County and neighboring Galveston County had already received 2 to 3 inches of rain through Tuesday morning.

The Galveston ISD canceled classes Wednesday because of the storm, saying in a message to parents, "The combination of pre-dawn rain and high tide indicate a probable safety issue for students and staff. Safe travel to and from Galveston ISD is a primary concern."

The Brazosport ISD advised parents it was monitoring weather conditions closely.