NWS: Imelda was top 5 rain event for U.S.
Tropical storm Imelda, and the associated rainfall constitute the fifth wettest tropical system in U.S. history, according to officials from the National Weather Service.
The storm, which dropped an estimated 43 in. in 72 hours in some places “went from nothing to a tropical depression to a tropical storm making landfall within an hour,” according to NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Roger Erickson.
The most severe rainfall was seen in China, Winnie, Oman and Bevel Oaks as well as the “whole western half of Jefferson County,” according to another NWS Meteorologist Robert Megnia.
The path of the tropical storm took communities in Southeast Texas as well as forecasters off guard, when it veered from its north-bound path, and turned southward.
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