Texans Steel for Stormy Edouard

National Guard prepares to pitch in for aftermath
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 5, 2008 5:47 AM CDT
A satellite image provided by the NOAA shows Tropical Storm Edouard in the Gulf of Mexico at 4:15 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Coastal Texas residents are preparing for Tropical Storm Edouard to make landfall in just hours as the state deploys its National Guard to help clean up and distribute food and water, the Galveston Daily News reports. The storm is expected to bring 10 inches of rain to some areas and high tides of 5.5 feet, with winds as high as 70 mph.

Winds of that strength can knock out power lines and topple mobile homes, but the storm seems unlikely to pose a massive threat. Some local business owners claimed that media hype that could drive away customers was the greater fear. “I expect a 50% business disruption for 2 days,” grumbled the owner of a market. Others were keeping calm. “If it floods, I’ll just go swimming,” said a 12-year-old.