Tropical Storm Edouard hit the Texas Gulf coast west of Orange County at sunrise Tuesday morning with strong winds and heavy rain. Edouard skirted the Louisiana coast on its way to Texas, raising tides and pushing water into bayous and the Sabine Lake marshlands. Wind gust exceeding 50 m.p.h. were reported.

Heavy winds and rainfall continues Tuesday afternoon with the chance of isolated tornadoes. Wind gust exceeding 25 m.p.h.  persist as the outer edge of Edouard moves across  Southeast Texas.

Power outages in Orange County have been widespread but no major damage has been reported. Accumulated rain has contributed to isolated flooding.

The storm made landfall east of Galveston and west of the Louisiana border, between High Island and Sabine Pass, and was weakening as it headed inland. Though forecasters had feared it could become a hurricane and both Texas and Louisiana had made emergency preparations, winds never reached hurricane strength of 74 mph.

Thunder showers with heavy rain and southeast winds gusting to 35 m.p.h. is expected in Orange County the rest of the day into Tuesday evening.

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