Tropical Storm Edouard weakens
The tropical storm Edouard has begun to weaken, which has likely spared oil rigs and refineries in the Gulf of Mexico from sustaining any real damage.
The storm's winds slowed to 60 miles (96 kilometers) per hour from 65 mph earlier today, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory on its Web site shortly before 10 a.m. Houston time. The system was moving toward the west-northwest at about 15 mph, with its center located about 45 miles north- northeast of Galveston, Texas, the NHC said.
``It is pretty much expected the storm is going to slowly weaken now for the rest of the day and overnight,'' said Mike Pigott, a meteorologist with private forecaster AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. ``It wasn't anything unusual or spectacular; there wasn't any kind of massive intensification that we saw with Dolly.''
Dolly struck Texas as a hurricane last month. Hurricanes pack winds of at least 74 mph.
Tens of thousands of people are still without power, and according to the US Census Bureau, more than 5.4 million people could be affected by the storm.
The damage is minimal, but the slow movement of the storm could cause massive flooding.