US Texas flooding: Imelda rains, flooding 'worse than (Hurricane) Harvey'
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First responders were overwhelmed by 911 calls for high water rescues Thursday aswith unrelenting rain measured in feet.
Authorities in Jefferson County, east of Houston, said some localized areas have seen more than 40 inches of rain in the last three days. More was coming.
"The Flash Flood Emergency has been continued and expanded," the National Weather Service office in Houston said. "This is an incredibly dangerous, life-threatening situation."
Tropical Storm Jerry gathers strength, threatens Leeward Islands
ORLANDO, Fla. - Tropical Storm Jerry spurred new tropical storm watches for parts of the Leeward Islands as it continued strengthening Wednesday, with the expectation of becoming a hurricane by Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday evening. Jerry's maximum sustained winds increased to 60 mph Wednesday afternoon as it moved west-northwest at 15 mph, the NHC said. The system will be considered a Category 1 hurricane when the winds begin blowing at 74 mph. The system was about 715 miles east of the Leeward Islands as of Wednesday evening.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston ordered a full ground stop, then struggled with arrival delays averaging almost four hours, the FAA reported. Metro Houston shut down public transportation, and Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that "high water assets" were deployed in parts of the city.
The storms entering Houston were driving wind gusts of up to 50 mph, the National Weather Service said. The swollen grounds will make trees more susceptible to being knocked over, and flash flooding remained the main concern, the weather service warned.
Imelda drenched the Jefferson County town of Hamshire with more than 33.5 inches of rain – including 25 inches of rain in 12 hours –. AccuWeather meteorologists predicted localized rain totals could reach an astonishing 55 inches before Imelda's remnants drift away on Friday.
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Other Texans used a rope and hammer to rescue a trapped truck driverCities are now submerged under water and some areas are seeing upwards of five feet of rain. At least two deaths have been blamed on the storm, and crews performed more than 1,000 fire rescues – but police and fire rescue teams also had to rely on good-hearted citizens to help others escape danger. Just north of Houston in Aldine, high school football player Jayden Payne jumped into a car to help save a woman and her toddler after she drove her SUV into a ditch with about 15 feet of water.
"It's bad. Homes that did not flood in Harvey are flooding now," Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick told the.
slammed the state in August 2017, a Category 4 beast when it made landfall in Southeast Texas. Parts of Beaumont were devastated by the killer storm.
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The remnants of Imelda will continue weakening Friday as the storm makes its way into northern Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, but it will continue dumping heavy rain.Flooding on Thursday left some Houston neighborhoods swimming in several feet of water, forcing authorities to perform more than 400 high-water rescues, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said. There were 323 stranded vehicles and 22 major accidents, the office added.
Lamar University shut down for the day. Police warned residents not to leave flooded homes or drive on flooded roads. They also pleaded for patience.
"The 911 operations center has experienced a heavy call load with over 250 high water rescues and 270 evacuation requests," police tweeted. "If there is an immediate threat to life safety, call 911."
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A few miles away in Winnie, dramatic photos and video showed vehicles almost completely covered by water. Evacuations were taking place at Riceland Medical Center, swamped by more than 4 inches of water.
Chambers County Sheriff's Office deployed high water rescue vehicles and airboats to pluck residents from flooded homes.
"Winnie is being devastated by rising water," Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said. Mo Danishmund, chief financial officer for Riceland Healthcare, told thethe flooding was "worse than Hurricane Harvey."
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The University of Houston delayed its opening until 10 a.m. and said it was monitoring conditions.
"Anyone currently on campus is encouraged to remain here until conditions improve," an alert on the school's website warned. "If you must travel, use discretion."
Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Jerry strengthened into a hurricane Thursday as it trekked westward toward Puerto Rico along a path already followed this year by Hurricanes Dorian and Humberto. The National Hurricane Center said Jerry's center was expected to pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday and east of the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday.
Hurricane Humberto, meanwhile, was beginning to weaken after lashing Bermuda on Wednesday. The hurricane center said the Category 3 storm was likely to become a post-tropical cyclone by Friday.
Contributing: Doug Stanglin
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One person was killed and another person was taken to the hospital in a shooting outside a bar in southeast Houston, police said early Monday. The Houston Police Department responded to the 9200 block of Gulf Freeway at about 2 a.m. where they found two shooting victims in the parking lot. An adult male was declared dead at the scene in the driver’s seat of a Jeep SUV. The second victim was taken to the hospital in unknown condition. That person is expected to survive, police said.Investigators believe both victims were inside the Jeep when they were approached by multiple suspects. That’s when the gunfire rang out, although a motive for the shooting is unknown.
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