Tropical storm Imelda made landfall about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday near Freeport, bringing heavy rain to the Upper Texas Coast.

By 7 p.m., the storm had weakened to a depression and was 5 miles north of Houston, traveling north at 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, according to a bulletin from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm was upgraded from a depression about 12:30 p.m. before making landfall, according to Kevin Wagner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Tropical storm force winds were not expected in South Texas, but the eastern Crossroads and Coastal Bend regions were expected to experience 1 to 2 inches of rain by Thursday.

“That should be the maximum rainfall because most of the rain will stay northeast as the system slowly moves north,” said Tyler Castillo, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “We aren’t going to see too many impacts around here.”

As of 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, there was a 50% chance of heavy rain, showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for Wednesday afternoon and 60% that evening, with a high of 91 degrees and a low of 77 degrees.

Showers and thunderstorms were also expected to continue through Thursday night, with a 60% chance of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms during the day and 30% chance that night. Temperatures for Thursday were expected to range from 77 to 93 degrees.

The center of Imelda was expected to produce life-threatening flash flooding along portions of the Upper Texas Coast, including the Houston and Galveston areas, according to a bulletin from the National Hurricane Center.

A coastal flood advisory ended at 10 p.m. Tuesday for minor flooding along the waterways south of Port Aransas. Castillo said that advisory was not extended because a lower high tide was forecast for Wednesday.

Kali Venable is a public safety reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6558 or at kvenable@vicad.com.

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