Sunday, August 3, 2008

Tropical Storm Edouard Born: Fifth of the Season

Update: As of 11 pm, the Tropical Storm Watch was replaced by a Hurricane Watch from Intracoastal City, LA to Port O'Connor, Texas. The Tropical Storm Warning was extended westward to Cameron, LA. Maximum winds are up to 50 mph.

Almost immediately after aircraft reconnaissance determined that an area of storminess in the northern Gulf of Mexico had become a depression, the storm was upgraded to Tropical Storm Edouard. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Louisiana coast from the mouth of the Mississippi westward to Intracoastal City, and a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect west of there to Port O'Connor Texas.

The storm, with maximum winds of 45 mph, is moving west at 6 mph. Some additional strengthening is likely in the next 24 hours, and the storm may be near hurricane force by landfall.

Wondering about the name "Edouard"? (Yeah, we had to check the spelling, too.) See what "Unconfirmed Sources" have to say.

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