The Daily News is putting this liveblog for Tropical Storm Imelda to rest. 

This blog was updated 189 times between 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, when Imelda formed in the Gulf of Mexico, and today.

While Galveston County was under threat of heavy rains for most of the last three days, it was spared the kind of widespread, costly damage occured in the neighboring Harris, Jefferson and Chambers County.

The longest latest effect of the storm appears to be on Bolivar Peninsula, where thousands of people are still without water and electric power because of storm damage in areas north of the peninsula.

It could be weeks until services are fully restored, officials say The Daily News will continue reporting on the effect of Imelda in separate articles in the coming days and weeks.


Update, 10:06 a.m. Friday

Power and water service is still out on Bolivar Peninsula this morning.

Not much has changed about the situation on the peninsula since yesterday. Some 5,000 homes and businesses have been without power since early Thursday morning.

Entergy Texas has estimated that power to the peninsula will be restored by 8 p.m. on Saturday. There's been no estimate for when water service will be restored.

Galveston County has opened cooling stations in Crystal Beach and Port Bolivar, and the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management is planning to bring more supplies to the peninsula later today, officials said.

Update, 9:10 a.m. Friday

Weather forecasters are predicting that the worst of Imelda is now behind us but coastal Galveston County, including Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula, remain under a Flash Flood Watch.

The National Weather Service forecast states that, "Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible today. The activity will not be as strong or organized as yesterday but rivers remain high and soil is saturated, so any additional rain could yield flooding. Strong onshore winds will bring elevated water levels that could produce minor coastal flooding at high tide, and a risk for strong rip currents remain."

Precip Chances Today, 7:44 AM Friday
Flash Flood Watch Today, 8 AM Friday

Update, 10:00 p.m. Thursday

The National Weather Service in League City has released the 60 hour estimated rainfall totals from the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda in our area. The data, complied from 7 a.m. Tuesday through 7 p.m. Thursday, shows that Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula received between 11-12" of rain. The majority of the Galveston County saw between 13-14" and Friendswood received 9-10" of rainfall during the period.

The data does not include rainfall totals from the much harder hit areas of Beaumont and Jefferson County to our northeast, that in preliminary estimates saw 43.15" of rain, which are forecast out of the NWS' Lake Charles office.

Imelda Storm Total Rainfall

Update, 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Islanders who looked west tonight got a little peek of sun after a very rainy few days.


Update, 6:16 p.m. Thursday

While more dire flash flood warnings have expired, Galveston County is under a flash flood watch through Friday morning.

While the bulk of the heaviest rains have moved off to the south, scattered showers and thunderstorms will persist through the early evening hours, according to the National Weather Service in League City.

The flood threat may begin to shift further north late Friday, according to the weather service.

Galveston County is also under an areal flood warning until 12:15 a.m. Friday.


Update, 5:30 p.m. Thursday

Entergy Texas has released estimates on when power might be restored to its 34,000 customers without power.

The company estimates that the power on Bolivar Peninsula is planned to be restored by 8 p.m. Saturday evening, the company said.

“While the estimated times of restoration are very preliminary right now, it is hoped that all customers who can receive power will have it by the end of the week,” said Allen East, the vice president of distribution for Entergy Texas, Inc.

The company has called in high-water trucks and air boats to help with power restoration efforts.


Update, 5:24 p.m. Thursday

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry has declared a state of emergency for Galveston County because of Tropical Depression Imelda.

The declaration, which comes hours after Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state-level emergency, comes largely because of conditions on Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston County spokesman Zach Davidson said.

More than 5,000 homes and businesses have been without power on the peninsula since about 2 a.m. Thursday and flooding in Winnie has also disabled the Lower Neches Valley Authority Water Treatment Plant that serves the peninsula, Davidson said.

There are no estimates for when power or water service will be restored, Davidson said.

The local special utility district has issued a water conservation notice and the county was helping set up cooling stations at local fire stations, Davidson said.


Update, 5:18 p.m. Thursday

Galveston Independent School District has canceled classes for Friday, Sept. 20.


Update, 5:05 p.m Thursday

Today's rainfall of 5.70 inches in Galveston set a new record for the date of September 19th according to the National Weather Service office in League City. 


Update, 4:45 p.m Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for most of the region including the majority of Galveston County until 1:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Flood Warning, 4:35 pm Thursday

Update, 4:20 p.m Thursday

The Flash Flood Warning for Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula has been extended until 6:15 p.m. this evening.

Flash Flood Warning 4:15 pm Thursday

Update, 4:08 p.m Thursday

Streets in downtown Galveston are filled with water. On The Strand, water is creeping over the sidewalks to the sandbags businesses have piled in front of their doors. 

The south side of Broadway is full of water and the north side is down to one or two lanes in some places.


Update, 2:40 p.m. Thursday

Here are some more details about what to expect over the next couple hours.

Hourly rainfall rates with range from about an inch to 3 inches per hours through 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Galveston Island has already received a foot of rain during Imelda, and could receive another 1 to 3 inches this afternoon.

Some island streets are already flooded east of 61st Street, and there are reports of high tides reaching Highway 87 between Crystal Beach and Caplen, according to the weather service.

The Galveston/Port Bolivar Ferry is still operating but Ferry Road in Galveston is closed because of flooding. Harborside Drive in Galveston is also flooded.


Update, 2:21 p.m Thursday

Southern parts of Galveston County are under a flash flood warning until 4:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in League City.

The heaviest rains expected in the county today are beginning to fall and are expected to continue for the next few hours.

Galveston Flash Flood Warning, 2:20 pm Thursday

Update, 1:55 p.m. Thursday

As the rain grew heavier in the northern parts of Galveston County Thursday, crews received reports of high water along the Interstate 45 feeder roads heading south, said Ryan Edgehill, the city’s emergency management coordinator.

“That’s the only impact right now,” he said.

High water along the feeder roads to Interstate 45 have been fairly common during this storm, Edgehill said.

The latest forecasts show the region could get between 2 inches to 4 inches before finally clearing out sometime Thursday evening, Edgehill said.

The report of high water came in the 1100 block of Interstate 45 heading south, Edgehill said.


Update, 1:28 p.m. Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for a large portion of the region including northern Galveston County until 4:30 p.m.

Flash Flood Warning, 1:30 pm Thursday

Update, 12:52 p.m. Thursday

After a rush of closures and cancellations late Thursday morning, what do the forecasts really say about the rain that could happen this afternoon?

According to the National Weather Service in League City, there are currently two systems in play in Galveston County. The first is over Houston and moving slowly south.

The second is over Galveston Island.

Over the next few hours, the system over Houston is forecasted to move onto mainland communities that haven't seen all that much rain so far today. The system over Galveston is also slowly moving northeast.

"There's a lot of flash flood emergencies and civil emergencies up there and that is expected to slowly, very slowly actually, expand out," said Amaryllis Cotto, a meteorologist in the League City office.

The rain moving to the south isn't expected to lose much power, Cotto said

It's possible the two systems could merge near the coast, which could cause the storm to intensify, Amaryllis Cotto said.

"There's a chance," she said.

Imelda has been an unpredictable storm on Thursday. Earlier in the day there were few predictions of heavy rains for Galveston County.

The city of Galveston is aware of the approaching cell from Houston and has opened its emergency operations center, city spokeswoman Marissa Barnett said.

The heaviest rains should begin in the next few hours.

Radar 12:52 p.m. Thursday

Update 12:37 p.m. Thursday

Here's the list of current street closures in Galveston:

  • Broadway from 54th Street to 59th Street
  • Broadway at 45th Street
  • Harborside at 51st Street
  • 61st Street (east)
  • 51st Street northbound from Harborside to Broadway
  • 59th Street at Stewart Rd
  • Heards Lane from 57th Street to 59th Street

Island Transit services has also been suspended for Thursday.

The city is keeping a running list of street closures here.


Update, 12:06 p.m. Thursday

Heavy rains are closing streets in areas of Galveston east of 61st Street. 

The city hasn't provided a full list of streets, but confirmed that barrieres were being placed on the south side of Broadway, starting at 59th street and heading east.

Northbound lanes of 51st Street between Harborside Drive and Broadway are closed.


Update 11:51 a.m. Thursday

Dickinson ISD students appear to be the only ones in the lower and mid-county area in school on Thursday. Schools are closed in Hitchcock, Santa Fe, Texas City, La Marque, and Galveston.

Dickinson continues to monitor the weather and has cancelled all other Thursday school activities, according to the district’s web site.

Buses will run at the normal time, though there may be delays so be patient, the district said. All further announcements will be posted to the district’s web site.

In Hitchcock, all activities have been cancelled.

Santa Fe schools are closed and athletic, extra-curricular and after-school events are being coordinated and communicated through the district’s athletic department, according to the district’s website. Students will not have to make up rain days as they are built into the district calendar.

Texas City schools are closed and, weather permitting, the district will continue with after-school scheduled activities on Thursday, according to the district. Coaches and sponsors will contact students if changes come up.

Texas City ISD has canceled tonight's volleyball games at Blocker Middle School and Texas City High School.

Scheduled open houses and 21st Century after-school program are cancelled.


Update, 11:36 a.m. Thursday

Clear Creek Independent School District is closing its schools early, the district announced.

Parents can begin picking up their students immediately, according to the school district.

Buses from high schools will leave at 11:45 a.m., from elementary schools at 12:30 p.m. and intermediate schools at 1:15 p.m. according to the school district.

CCISD Alert

Update, 11:30 a.m. Thursday

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in Galveston County and 12 other counties because of Tropical Storm Imelda.

“The State of Texas is working closely with local officials and emergency personnel to provide the resources they need to keep Texans safe from Tropical Storm Imelda,” said Governor Abbott. “I thank our first responders who are acting swiftly to help the communities that are facing this severe weather event. I urge all those in the path of this storm to take the necessary precautions and heed all warnings from local officials.”

A disaster declaration is not necessarily a reflection of the damage caused by a storm, but it does allow communities to access state resources during and after a disaster.


Update, 11:21 a.m. Thursday

At 11:15 the National Weather Service expanded and extended the Flash Flood Warning to include La Marque, High Island, Bayou Vista and Texas City through 2:15 p.m.

Flash Flood Warning, 11:15 AM Thursday

Update, 11:13 a.m. Thursday

The Friendswood Independent School District is asking parents to come to their schools and pick up their children because of "rapidly deteriorating weather conditions." 

Schools are not closed, and students that are not picked up will be released at normal dismissal times, according to the school district.

Only four school districts in Galveston County cancelled school on Thursday. Other districts waited until a 3 a.m. forecast update before making the decision to have class on Thursday. 

Friendswood ISD update

Update, 10:56 a.m. Thursday.

Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula are now under a flash flood warning until 12:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Flooding has been reported on Pelican Island, according to the weather service.

A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. People should move to higher ground immediately.

If you're in a safe place and know where an area of Galveston County is currently flooding, send an update and photos to john.ferguson@galvnews.com.

Flash Flood Warning, 11 AM Thursday

Update, 10:53 a.m. Thursday

Waterspouts could form coastal waters from High Island to Freeport and inside Galveston Bay, according to the National Weather Service.

Those areas are under a special marine warning until 12:45 p.m. Thunderstorms in the area may produce strong winds, lightning and waterspouts, the weather service said.

Waterspouts can easily turn over boats. Small watercraft should seek safe harbor immediately, the weather service said.


Update, 10:49 a.m. Thursday

Most of Bolivar Peninsula is without power this morning because of Imelda.

Entergy Texas, which supplies power to the peninsula, says it is calling in extra man power to help restore power.

“We are amassing a workforce of more than 200 additional workers to respond to Imelda’s impact and are restoring power where it is possible to do so,” said Allen East, vice president of distribution for Entergy Texas, Inc. “However, the severe weather is preventing us from working to safely repair the damage in some areas. Additionally, flooding and road closures are hampering our ability to even move crews to inspect the equipment.”


Update, 10:23 a.m. Thursday

After a very quiet Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, Imelda's starting to make a comeback a comeback in Galveston County

The National Weather Service in League City issued as flood advisory for Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula at 10:20 a.m. as a series of showers and thunderstorms began moving through the area.

This band of rain will likely cause minor flooding, according to the weather service.

All of Galveston County is under a flash flood watch until Thursday evening, according to the weather service.

While the storm continues to drop heavy rain on areas north and east of Galveston County, the area could see bands that bring multiple of inches of rain per hour, according to the weather service.


Update, 1:50 p.m. Wednesday

The flash flood warning in Galveston has expired, but a flood warning remained in effect until 3:45 p.m.

A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or is already occurring.

Many Galveston streets that typically flood, including Harborside Drive streets south of Broadway remain flooded as of Wednesday afternoon.


Update, 1:37 p.m. Wednesday

Imelda's moving east.

The National Weather Service released its 1 p.m forecast, and it appears the worst of the storm is now moving east of Galveston County.

It's still possible that remnants of Imelda will drop 1 to 2 inches of rain on the island through 7 p.m. tonight, with lesser amounts falling through 7 p.m. on Thursday, according to the weather service.

Imelda was moving north at about 5 mph at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the weather service.

Rain totals were still being calculated, but parts of Galveston County saw up to 10 inches of rain between 7 a.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the weather service. The highest local rainfall in that time period was reported in League City, at 8.79 inches.

6 hour Rainfall Forecasts 1:22 p.m. update

Update, 1:22 p.m. Wednesday

The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter, 601 51st Street, is open for anyone who needs shelter from flooding, the group announced on Tuesday afternoon.

"The Salvation Army is prepared to provide support to first-responders and flood victims on the Mainland with its mobile canteen which will be supplemented with additional support from the state Emergency Disaster Service office if necessary," the group said.

There's been no reports of people in Galveston County needing emergency shelter because of Imelda's rains, though the storm is expected to continue through Wednesday night into Thursday.


Update, 1:11 p.m. Wednesday

A flash flood warning has now been declared on Bolivar Peninsula as the remnants of Imelda continue to move northeast.

The flash flood warning on the peninsula includes Gilchrist, Rollover Pass, Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach and High Island, according to the National Weather Service.

The warning is in effect until 2 p.m.


Update 12:26 p.m. Wednesday

A flash flood warning has been issued for Galveston Island until 1:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in League City.

Up to 10 inches of rain have fallen on the island in the last 24 hours and more rain is expected.

"Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly," according to the weather service.

While bands of heavy rain have started to move north of Galveston County, rain has persistently fallen on Galveston.

The National Hurricane Center predicts that up to 25 inches of rain could fall on Galveston by the end of the storm on Thursday.

Radar 12:13 p.m. Wednesday

Update 11:40 a.m. Wednesday

The cities of Texas City, La Marque and Santa Fe are holding tight as rains from Tropical Depression Imelda continue to soak the area.

"We just pulled out of our meeting and as of now, there's no major street flooding," said Tom Munoz, Texas City's director of emergency management.

Munoz' department, working closely with law enforcement and public works, has a plan ready to go in the event any high water rescue is needed throughout the day and for the duration of the rain event, Munoz said.

La Marque drainage appears to be working well, said City Manager Tink Jackson.

"I just drove around about an hour ago and there's no visible major flooding," Jackson said. Crews have been clearing ditches this week in anticipation of the rain, he said.

Low water pressure problems persist in the city, however, due to another rupture in a

The 12-inch water main was repaired first on Monday, then again on Tuesday. The broken main is located near the intersection of Texas Avenue and Fleming Street.

"When we returned pressure to the stressed line, a valve down the line blew out," Heard said.

Soggy work crews are working to repair the line at mid-day to restore full water pressure to the city, including La Marque Middle School and La Marque High School which were closed yesterday due to water pressure problems. Both schools remain closed today along with all schools in the Texas City Independent School District.

Santa Fe Police Chief Zach Meadows drove the streets of Santa Fe from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and didn't encounter any major road flooding, he said.

"All our diversionary ditches and the bayou are flowing," Meadows said. "They're elevated but they're flowing."

Looking at radar and standing outside, it appeared at around 11:30 that Santa Fe was going to get at least a temporary respite from the rain, Meadows said.


Update 11:10 a.m. Wednesday

Crews are patrolling League City for flooding Wednesday morning, but aside from some high water in streets, haven’t seen much, said Sarah Greer Osborne, spokeswoman for the city.

The city has closed three parks because of high water levels near Clear Creek, Greer Osborne said.

Those are Heritage Park, which is near the Butler Longhorn Museum, Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside and the Dr. Ned and Fay Dudney Clear Creek Nature Center, officials said.

Senior classes at Hometown Heroes Park were also canceled early Wednesday, but all other activities and programs will continue, officials said.

Clear Creek at FM 528 was at 11.5 feet at 9 a.m. this morning, about half a foot from flood stage. The creek was forecasted to rise to as high as 15.8 feet by Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.


Update 10:58 a.m. Wednesday

In Dickinson it appears the city’s work de-snagging, de-silting and jetting concrete culverts since Hurricane Harvey is helping with runoff from Tropical Storm Imelda rains, said City Manager Chris Heard.

“Things are going very well and we are very pleased at the drainage at this hour mark,” Heard said at about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday.

“We know we’re not out of the woods yet,” Heard said. “Things can turn on a dime.”

At this point there’s no significant road flooding in Dickinson, though some very large old oaks have fallen as a result of saturated soil.

None of the trees hit houses, but fell onto roadways and have been cut up and cleared by city crews, Heard said.

Dickinson public works personnel and city officials will meet at noon, then again at 3 and 4 p.m. today to monitor reports from around the city.

“Unless there’s a very heavy rain band predicted, we’ll maintain monitoring status and go out when needed,” Heard said.

Heard and city workers hope all their work clearing out culverts will pay off during this extreme weather event that could bring as much as 12 inches to some parts of Harris and Galveston Counties over three days.

“Right now, you can see culverts where there’s water rushing down like a raging river,” Heard said. “That’s what we want to see in the areas near houses.”


 Update, 10:37 a.m. Wednesday

At least one Galveston towing company is busy at work this morning.

A spokeswoman for Tony & Bros Towing and Repair said the company has received "countless" calls from people trying to get their cars out of the streets this morning.

Tow truck drivers pulled two cars out that were nearly fully submerged, one at Avenue H and 19th Street and another at 69th Street and Heards Lane. The calls for help started coming in around 7:30 a.m.

There are also reports of stranded cars on Harborside Drive in Galveston. It doesn't appear the drivers of those cars faced any significant dangers, however. A city spokeswoman said the city's fire department did not receive any calls for service on Harborside Drive this morning.

Tropical Storm Imelda

A tow truck hauls a vehicle through high water on 19th Street in Galveston, Texas, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Imelda caused street flooding on the island.


Update, 10 a.m. Wednesday

The water level in the creeks is high around Friendswood, but emergency responders have not found any impassable streets, or even many places with much standing water, as of Wednesday morning, said Jeff Newpher, spokesman for the city.


Update, 9:32 a.m. Wednesday

The National Weather Service in League City has extended a flood advisory for south central Galveston County until 12:30 p.m.

Imelda has dropped between 3 inches and 6 inches of rain on Galveston Island and more rain is expected over the next several hours, according to the weather service.

Streets that typically flood in Galveston, including Harborside Drive, currently have high water.

High tide was around 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday. Island streets generally drain more quickly during lower tides.


Update, 9:04 a.m. Wednesday

Galveston County courts and some other offices are closed today, the county announced in a tweet.


Update, 8:10 a.m. Wednesday

The City of Galveston tweeted the following list of impassable streets at 8 a.m. according to emergency dispatchers.

  • 19th Street at Broadway
  • Broadway from 46th Street to 49th Street westbound
  • Church Street from 33rd Street to 35th Street
  • 59th Street at Avenue S
  • Harborside Drive from 13th Street to 19th Street
  • 8th Street at Broadway northbound
  • Ball Street from 38th Street to 40th Street

Update, 7:51 a.m. Wednesday

The threat of heavy rainfall will continue in Galveston County and areas north of it through Thursday, according to a morning update from the National Weather Service in League City.

Some coastal areas have already received 19 inches of rain from Imelda, with the highest total falls in Matagorda County between Midfield and Bay City.

In Galveston County, the highest recorded rainfall amount at 3 a.m. was 9 inches of rain at Windsong Land and Chigger Creek in Friendswood.

Heavy rains close to the coast should weaken throughout Wednesday morning and redevelop further inland.

Tides will continue to be elevated between 3 and 6 feet during the morning, but should subside on Wednesday afternoon and evening., according to the weather service.

7:30 a.m. update

Update, 7:36 a.m. Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for southern parts of Galveston County until 9:30 a.m.

Three to six inches of rain have already fallen on Galveston Island in the last day, according to the weather service. The next few hours could bring another two to four inches of rain and minor flooding.


Update, 7:31 a.m. Wednesday

Some of the heaviest rain from Imelda appears to have occured in the Galveston County area. According to the Harris County Flood Control District, the rain gauge at Clear Creek and FM 2351, on the county line in Friendswood, has recorded 7.32 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.


Update, 7:18 a.m. Wednesday

According to Houston Transtar, there is roadway flooding danger in parts of League City. The website points to areas of League City near Clear Creek crosses Interstate 45 and Bay Area Boulevard.

Sensors at those location indicated that Clear Creek had topped its banks overnight and that flooding was likely is areas around those locations.


Update, 6:36 a.m. Wednesday

Tropical Depression Imelda will continue to drop moderate to heavy rainfall across Southeast Texas on Wednesday and a Flood Watch is in effect through Thursday for 12 area counties.

The National Weather Service warns that, "These rains are currently producing various areas of flooding as well as hazardous driving conditions."

Flood Watch 5 AM Wednesday
Radar, 6 AM Wednesday

Update, 6:25 a.m. Wednesday

Clear Creek ISD and Friendswood ISD made the decision in the overnight hours to cancel all classes and activities for Wednesday.


Update, 7:28 p.m. Tuesday

Tropical Storm Imelda has weakened into a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The weakening does not change warning of life-threatening flooding over the next two days, though it did end a tropical storm watch on the Texas coast.

At 7 p.m., Imelda was moving north. It's track was expected to continue in that direction into Wednesday, before shifting west on Wednesday evening.

The hurricane center increased the maximum potential rainfall in the Houston and Galveston areas to 12 inches, with the possibility of up to 18 inches in isolated areas.

Update, 6:02 p.m. Tuesday

Just before 6:00 p.m. the National Weather Service issued a Significant Weather Advisory, valid until 6:45 p.m., for a thunderstorm located south of Alvin and moving northeast.

Residents in northern Galveston and Brazoria Counties could experience winds in excess of 30 miles-per-hour as the thunderstorm moves through the area.

Significant Weather Advisory, 6 pm Tuesday

Update, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday

About 500 customers are without power near 61st Street and Stewart Road in Galveston, said Alejandra Diaz, spokeswoman with CenterPoint Energy.

Crews are making repairs to equipment that was damaged by the severe weather, Diaz said.

At 5:30 p.m., crews expected repairs to be completed by 7:20 p.m., Diaz said.


Update, 5:22 p.m. Tuesday

The National Weather Service in League City has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory until 7:15 p.m. Tuesday evening for all of Galveston County and parts of Brazoria and Harris Counties.

Flood Advisory, 5:14 p.m. Tuesday

Update, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday

League City emergency officials have received one report of a flooded roadway, on the southbound feeder road at Interstate 45 and state Highway 96, said Ryan Edgehill, the city's emergency management coordinator

That report, which is the city's only flooding report as of Tuesday afternoon, came after a period of heavy rainfall, Edgehill said.


Update, 4:14 p.m. Tuesday

Commuters traveling home this evening will likely face heavy rain and flooded road, according to the National Weather Service in League City.

Imelda's bands of rain were making their way further inland at 4 p.m. after soaking Galveston Island earlier in the afternoon.

The heavy rain was expected to flood urban, low-lying and poor drainage area, according to the weather service.

"Travel will become increasingly hazardous as we enter the evening hours," the weather service said.

NWS update 4 p.m. Tuesday

The National Weather Service in League City predicted a hazardous evening commute on Tuesday evening.


Update, 3:23 p.m. Tuesday

The flood advisory has been expanded to all of Galveston County and into southeastern Harris County.

The advisory is now in place until 5:15 p.m.

Flood Advisory 5:15 Tuesday

Update, 3:07 p.m. Tuesday

The National Weather Service in League City has issued a flood advisory for south central Galveston County until 4:45 p.m.

Moderate and heavy rain was moving over the area at 2:52 p.m. The rain, along with elevated tide levels, are preventing streets from draining efficiently, according to the weather service.

The following locations will experience flooding, according to the weather service: Galveston Island West End, Galveston Causeway, Galveston Pier 21, Jamaica Beach, Pelican Island, Galveston State Park, Schlitterbahn, Scholes Field, The Strand, Offatts Bayou, Galveston Pleasure Pier, Moody Gardens and San Luis Pass.

3 p.m. Tuesday Flood advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory until 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.


Update, 3:00 p.m Tuesday

Parts of Galveston County near the Harris County line have seen up to 3.3 inches of rain over the last 24 hours, according the Harris County Flood Warning System.

The system, which is managed by the Harris County Flood Control District, has recently added more gauges in the Galveston County area.

The district's gauges are now located as far south as Cloud Bayou in Santa Fe.

The highest rain totals so far have been located near Clear Lake. A gauge near the Kemah Bridge on state Highway 146 has recorded 3.32 inches of rain in the past 24 hours, according to the district.

Imelda is forecasted to drop up to 10 inches of rain across the area through Thursday. Isolated areas could see as much as 15 inches of rain. 

You can check updated rainfall totals here.

HCFD Rainfall total 3 p.m. Tuesday

The Harris County Flood Control District has record more than three inches of rain in areas near the Galveston County Line as of 3:00 p.m. Tuesday.


Update, 2:28 p.m. Tuesday

Galveston County and the Galveston Park Board of Trustees are both preparing high water vehicles to be ready in case water rescues are needed as Tropical Storm Imelda comes ashore.

The county has yet to activate its emergency operations center, county spokesman Zach Davidson said.

However, the possibility of heavy rains over the next two days has prompted the county to bring in vehicles that could traverse floodwaters, if needed, Davidson said.

Similarly, the Galveston Island Beach Patrol is preparing its high-water vehicles in case of flooding on Galveston Island, Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis said.

Tropical Storm Imelda is likely to produce life-threatening flash flooding along portions of the Texas coast through Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.


Update, 2:22 p.m. Tuesday

Stan Blazyk has posted an update on his Weather Man Stan blog: Tropical Storm Warnings in effect from Sargent to High Island, including Galveston County


Update, 1:52 p.m. Tuesday

The city of Galveston has begun placing barriers downtown in anticipation of Tropical Storm Imelda, city spokeswoman Marissa Barnett said.

"We're prepared to close off streets if we need to," Barnett said.

Street flooding in Galveston occurs most often when heavy rains occur during high tides, overwhelming the street's drainage system.

The next high tide in Galveston will occur at 7:51 p.m., Barnett said.

Public works clears drains

John Provost, left, and Floyd Ferguson with Galveston public works clear grass and debris to quicken drainage in preparation for Tropical Storm Imelda in the Gulf on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Weather forecasters predicted 8 to 10 inches of rain for Galveston.


Original Story, 1:32 p.m. Tuesday

GALVESTON

A storm system in the Gulf of Mexico has strengthened into a tropical storm. 

Tropical Storm Imelda was named at 12:45 p.m., according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm, which is about 40 miles off of Galveston had maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph, according to the hurricane center.

The storm has strengthened over the course of the morning. Imelda was declared Tropical Depression 11 shortly before it was upgraded to a tropical storm.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rains across the Texas coast between Tuesday and Thursday.

The storm has already prompted one closure. The Galveston Independent School District announced on Tuesday afternoon that all of the district's schools will be closed on Wednesday.

"The combination of pre-dawn rain and high tide indicate a probable safety issue for students and staff," the district said. "Safe travel to and from Galveston ISD is a primary concern."

This is a developing story. Check back later for more details.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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Kevin joined The Daily News as a photojournalist in 2006. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Photography from Texas State University. He lives in League City with his wife Ashley, a wedding photographer.

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