Tropical Storm Edouard intermediate advisory number 7a NWS TPC/National Hurricane Center Miami Fl   Al052008 100 am cdt Tue Aug 05 2008
…Rain bands with tropical storm force winds spreading over the Coast of Louisiana…
A tropical storm warning remains in effect from grand isle westward to Port O’Connor Texas.
A hurricane watch remains in effect from west of Intracoastal City Louisiana to Port O’Connor.
At 100 am CDT…0600Z…The center of tropical storm Edouard was located near latitude 29.0 North…Longitude 92.8 West or about 90 miles…145 Km…Southeast of Port Arthur Texas and about 120 miles…190 Km…East of Galveston Texas.
Edouard is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph…17 km/hr…And this general motion is expected to continue with some increase in forward speed during the next day or two.  On the forecast track…The center of Edouard is expected to be near or over the upper Texas or southwestern Louisiana coasts by midday today.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph…95 Km/hr…with higher gusts.  Edouard is forecast to strengthen…And it is expected to be near hurricane strength by the time it reaches the coastline later today.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles…110 Km from the center.  Some elevated oil rigs south of the louisiana coast have been reporting winds gusts of near hurricane force during the past few hours.
The minimum central pressure reported by an air force reserve unit reconnaissance aircraft is 997 mb…29.44 Inches.
A storm surge of 2 to 4 ft above normal tide levels can be expected in the warning area in areas of onshore winds.
Edouard is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches in some louisiana coastal parishes.  Accumulations of 4 to 6 inches…With isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches are possible over southeastern texas.
Isolated tornadoes are possible over portions of southern louisiana and the upper texas coast today.
Repeating the 100 am cdt position…29.0 N…92.8 W.  Movement toward…West-northwest near 10 mph.  Maximum sustained winds…60 mph.  Minimum central pressure…997 Mb.
The next advisory will be issued by the National Hurricane Center at 400 am cdt.

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