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Edouard comes ashore in Texas

A strong Tropical Storm Edouard moves onto the upper Texas Gulf Coast in same area devastated by Rita three years ago

GALVESTON | August 5, 2008

Packing winds of more than 60 mph with higher gusts, Tropical Storm Edouard crossed the Gulf Coast Tuesday morning in the same part of the upper Texas coast devastated by Hurricane Rita in 2005.

The storm is expected to weaken as it moves inland today.

As the storm approached the coast, cities along its expected path were urging their citizens to complete preparations.

To help it cope with the expected wind and rain, Galveston activated its emergency management center and closed city hall for the day.

The storm may actually be helpful. Its projected track will take it by Thursday into parts of Texas that have been battling a persistent drought and wildfires.

Edouard is the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, worrying some forecasters that the season. There have been just six other years since 1851 that have seen as many storms this early in the season.

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