Tropical Storm Edouard aims for Texas, Louisiana

Tropical Storm Edouard took aim at Texas' Gulf coast at the height of tourist season Monday, threatening to pick up strength from warm Gulf waters and gain near-hurricane speeds before a projected landfall a day later. Neighboring southwest Louisiana also braced for the storm, with one parish evacuating homes nearest the Gulf. Emergency teams were activated as Gulf residents prepared for their second strong storm in two weeks, although Edouard is forecast to hit a different stretch of the Texas coast or Louisiana than Hurricane Dolly did last month. Edouard is not forecast to bring the 160 kph winds to Galveston that punished South Padre Island on July 23, but the timing could not be worse: the Texas coast banks on tourism at this time of year, with much of the state baking in 38-Celsius weather.