Gulf of Mexico
Image: Tropical Storm Edouard formed near a major oil and gas producing area of the northern Gulf of Mexico August 3, 2008. (NOAA/Handout/Reuters)
NEW ORLEANS - took aim at the coasts of Texas and Louisiana on Monday, threatening to pick up strength from warm Gulf waters and gain near-hurricane speeds over the next 24 hours.
Edouard was expected to make landfall somewhere in Texas or southwest Louisiana on Tuesday morning. It was moving west near 8 mph, and forecasters said the warm waters of the Gulf provided the right conditions for the storm to intensify and approach hurricane strength with winds of 75 mph or more.
A tropical storm warning was in effect from the mouth of the Mississippi River westward to in Texas. A hurricane watch was in effect from west of Intracoastal City, La. to Port O'Connor, Texas.
Edouard had maximum sustained winds near 50 mph with higher gusts at 8 a.m. EDT Monday. The storm's center was located about Galveston, Texas.of ., and 285 miles east-southeast of