Tropical Storm Edouard moves on land along Texas coast
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The storm never reached hurricane status as its maximum sustained winds were clocked at 65mph. Sustained winds of 74mph are considered to be hurricane strength.
Tourist Beth Bronson, visiting Galveston from Allen, Texas near Dallas was hoping to ride the storm out.
"We spend money to come here with our families. It's an inexpensive place to stay," Bronson, 49, told TIME Magazine. "If they were to say evacuate, then yeah we would do it. But otherwise no."
Earlier today, tropical storm warnings and hurricane watches were issued for places including Louisiana and as far west as , Texas. However, tropical storm warnings and hurricane watches were allowed to be discontinued by the NHC for all areas south of Sargent earlier Tuesday.,
Texas Governor,, issued a disaster declaration today for 17 counties in Texas, allowing the state to activate 1,200 Texas troops, six UH-60 and numerous other emergency organizations. In Louisiana, Governor declared a statewide emergency declaration. There up to 3,000 residents in low-lying coastal areas were told to evacuate. Also, in the western part of the state, people living in mobile homes or trailers along the coast were advised to leave.
Tropical Storm Edouard, the fifth tropical storm of the Gulf of Mexico to close up and evacuate workers. According to the U.S. Minerals Management Service, over 20 of the 717 production platforms and 6 of 125 rigs were shut down., also forced gas and oil companies in the
The two major airports in Houston, Texas,and , were delayed Tuesday morning between 30 minutes to 5 hours.
No deaths or major damage have been reported. The storm is expected to become aby Wednesday.