August 5th, 2008
06:52 PM ET

Battle of the storms: Edouard vs. Dolly

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/05/edouardedouard.jpg caption="Tropical Storm Edouard hit Galveston"]
Reynolds Wolf    
CNN Meteorologist

I was struck by how quickly Edouard came ashore and how uneventful it was in comparison to Hurricane Dolly–which also struck Texas a few weeks back.

Anyone in Galveston who went to sleep last night at midnight and woke at 9am missed the full brunt of the storm.  It passed that quickly.
From our position on Seawall Boulevard, winds rarely exceeded 50mph.  The rain was heavy at times, but also sporadic.  

Leading up to this morning's landfall, Galveston was actually the bull's–eye for Edouard on all the National Hurricane Center forecasts, yet the storm turned north, sparing the barrier island.

Still, many people here are concerned with what may occur inland. Their worry?  The potential for flooding across parts of South Central Texas.  It's true that much of Texas is desperate for rainfall–they've been mired in an historic drought.  Still, too much of anything is rarely good, and the flooding is a legitimate fear.

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  1. Annie Kate

    Perhaps Edouard's rain helped some of the drought stricken areas of Texas and hopefully not much flooding occurred. I'm just glad Edouard was no stronger than it was when it hit Galveston. The last thing Galveston needs is another storm like the one that destroyed the town around 1900. I hope the town never sees another one like that one.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 5, 2008 at 7:59 pm |