Tropical storm warnings issued for upper Texas, west Louisiana coasts

UNDATED (AP) - Rain is already sweeping the upper Texas Gulf coast today as a tropical depression approaches.

The National Hurricane Center says the ninth tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles-per-hour. Its center is about 85 miles south-southwest of Galveston.

The center is moving toward the north near 6 miles-per-hour. Forecasters say its center should be crossing the Texas coast within the warning area later today.

Senior hurricane specialist Jack Beven said about 5 to 10 inches of rain were expected along the middle and upper Texas coast and in southwestern Louisiana, with some areas possibly getting as much as 15 inches.

The center has issued a tropical storm warning from Port O'Connor, Texas, to Cameron, Louisiana. That means tropical storm winds of 39 miles per hour or more are expected in the warned area within the next 24 hours.

The next name on the National Hurricane Center's list for 2007 is Humberto.

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