August 5, 2008

Texas, La. Coasts Brace for Edouard

Residents on either side of the Texas-Louisiana state line Tuesday braced for Tropical Storm Edouard to make landfall.

Tropical storm-force winds flogged parts of the shoreline before dawn Tuesday as forecasters predicted Edouard would gain strength as it approached land, CNN reported.

Tropical storm warnings were issued from the Mississippi River to Port O'Connor, Texas. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Edouard's center at 5 a.m. Tuesday was about 50 miles southeast of Port Arthur, Texas, and 85 miles east of Galveston, Texas.

National Guard troops were mobilized Monday to help with food distribution, clean-up or search-and-rescue operations if needed, Capt. Adam Collett of the 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Houston told The Galveston County Daily News.

Edouard nipped parts of the Louisiana coast, where New Orleans saw wind gusts of 30-35 mph and rainfall of about a quarter of an inch, National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Destri told The (New Orleans) Times-Picauyne.

Destri said rainfall in other areas, however, averaged 3 inches and tides were 1-2 feet above normal along the coast.