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US Imelda dumps nearly 4 feet of rain on parts of Texas

15:25  20 september  2019
15:25  20 september  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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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.

Rain from Tropical Depression Imelda deluged parts of Texas and Louisiana on Thursday, prompting water rescues, a hospital evacuation and road closures in areas east of Houston as Tropical Storm Lorena officially becomes a hurricane just off the coast of Mexico. Imelda has battered Texas with up

Imelda has deluged parts of Southeast Texas with nearly 20 inches of rain , but officials in Houston and surrounding communities said Wednesday HOUSTON (AP) — Rain from Tropical Depression Imelda deluged parts of Texas and Louisiana on Thursday, prompting water rescues, a hospital

Texas residents are grappling with the effects of Imelda after the storm dumped nearly four feet of rain on parts of the Lone Star State.

a yellow boat in the rain: HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 19: A school bus makes its way on the flooded Hopper Rd. on September 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas.© Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 19: A school bus makes its way on the flooded Hopper Rd. on September 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas.

Imelda brought up to 43 inches of rain between Winnie and Beaumont in the last three days, most of it falling in just 24 hours.

At Houston Bush International Airport, flight arrivals resumed sporadically early Friday morning after more than 900 flights were canceled due to severe rain.

In Houston, multiple barges struck the I-10 bridge over the San Jacinto River Thursday night, shutting down the I-10 freeway in both directions, reported Houston ABC affiliate KTRK.

Flash flooding in eastern Texas forces hospital evacuation, home rescues

Flash flooding in eastern Texas forces hospital evacuation, home rescues Flash floods have dumped more than two feet of rain in parts of Texas, with the National Weather Service issuing a flash flood emergency for some areas.

Imelda is expected to produce 6 to 12 inches of rain with isolated maximum amounts of a foot -and-a-half across portions of eastern Texas , including the Harvey dumped nearly 50 inches of rain on parts of the flood prone-city in August 2017, flooding more than 150,000 homes in the Houston area

Imelda has dumped prolific amounts of rain in parts of eastern Texas , leading to catastrophic flooding and prompting evacuations and unfortunately, there is more An east-west band of torrential rain on the southern flank of Imelda remains parked from Wharton County to Chambers County, with rainfall

Earlier, a man in Jefferson County was "electrocuted and drowned" while trying to move his horse, according to the sheriff's office. The family of Hunter Morrison, the man killed, said he was not trying to rescue any people, as had been reported locally, and wanted to correct false reports.

A second death was reported in Harris County, which includes Houston, as a man drowned after driving his van into floodwaters and became submerged, according to the sheriff's office.

(MORE: 2 dead as Texas declares disaster with torrential rain wreaking havoc)

Across the region, approximately 200 students were forced to spend the night at area schools when they were unable to get home due to flooding. About 20 students stayed the night at MacArthur High School, KTRK reported.

'It's bad': Water rescues begin as Imelda soaks east Texas

'It's bad': Water rescues begin as Imelda soaks east Texas  Rain from Tropical Depression Imelda deluged parts of Texas and Louisiana on Thursday, prompting hundreds of water rescues, a hospital evacuation and road closures in areas east of Houston that were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey two years ago. 

East Texas faces days of heavy rains and flash flooding as Tropical Depression Imelda , downgraded from a tropical storm, still packs a dangerous punch for millions of residents. Some areas could see up to 25 inches of rain before the storm rolls away this weekend, the National Weather Service warned

Rain from Tropical Depression Imelda deluges parts of Texas and Louisiana, prompting hundreds of water rescues, a hospital evacuation The National Weather Service said Imelda was the first named storm to impact the Houston area since Harvey dumped nearly 50 inches of rain on parts of the

Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday declared a state of disaster for 13 counties due to the effects of the storm.

National Weather Service flash flood watches and flood warnings continue for Houston and east to Lake Charles, Louisiana, because the ground is so saturated that it can’t handle any more rain -- making flash flooding possible with as little as 1 inch of additional rain.

a close up of a sign: Flood watches continue in Texas.© ABC News Flood watches continue in Texas.

This week's downpour represents the fourth highest amount of rain from a tropical system in Texas' recorded history, as well as the seventh highest amount of rain from a tropical system in the recorded history of the United States.

Harvey brought 60 inches of rain to Texas two years ago, which remains the U.S. record for most rain from a tropical system.

(MORE: Survive the Danger: Flash Flood Survival Tips)

On Thursday, Houston alone had 9.2 inches of rain, making it the wettest September day ever recorded in the city.

Texas flooding: Imelda rains, flooding 'worse than (Hurricane) Harvey'

  Texas flooding: Imelda rains, flooding 'worse than (Hurricane) Harvey' First responders were overwhelmed by 911 calls for high water rescues as Tropical Depression Imelda drenched Winnie and Beaumont, Texas with rain.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.

Imelda 's rain bands were also stretching into Louisiana. Harvey dumped nearly 50 inches (130 centimeters) of rain on parts of the flood-prone city in August 2017, flooding more than 150,000 homes in the Houston area and causing an estimated 5 billion in damage in Texas .

Tropical Storm Imelda is threatening to dump up to 18 inches of rain in parts of Southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana over the next few days. Houston-area officials say the main threat is the potential for heavy rainfall and flooding.

a close up of text on a black background: Rain continues in the central U.S.© ABC News Rain continues in the central U.S.

As of Friday morning, most of the rain had moved away from southeast Texas, but as the deep moisture continues to stream from the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of Imelda, more rain is possible in Houston and Beaumont.

Most of the rain from Imelda will combine with a cold front in the Midwest and bring heavy rain there, with up to 1 inch of rain forecast around Houston in the next 24 hours and into the weekend.

a close up of a map: Severe storms develop in the Upper Midwest.© ABC News Severe storms develop in the Upper Midwest.

Elsewhere, a new storm system will move out of the Rockies and bring severe storms to the Upper Midwest and the northern Plains for the Dakotas, Nebraska and parts of Minnesota.

The biggest threat will be damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes.

(MORE: Infection, electrocution and injury: Florence's floodwaters may carry hidden dangers)

As this system moves east, heavy rain is also expected over the weekend in the Plains and the Midwest and into the Great Lakes, with flash flooding possible.

a screenshot of a video game: Jerry moves past Bermuda.© ABC News Jerry moves past Bermuda.

In the Atlantic, Jerry now a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 105 mph, as it begins to move north of the Leeward Islands.

The worst of Jerry will miss the islands, with just some rain and gusty winds possible in northern Leeward Islands later Friday.

By next week, Jerry will re-curve north and east, away from the U.S., but it could hit Bermuda as a possible Category 1 hurricane.

ABC News' Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.

Aftermath of Imelda still has people and livestock in southeast Texas seeking higher ground .
For most people in southeast Texas not dealing with flood-damaged property, Imelda is a slightly distant memory, with the floodwaters largely receded. But in many areas, especially near Beaumont, some roadways and fields are still underwater. Recently, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Beaumont office posted this video on Twitter of rancher herding their cattle out of flooded fields. "We have seen an issue with livestock seeking higher ground along roadways," the TxDOT tweet states. "Please use caution while traveling. Ranchers are busy trying to herd them to safer locations.

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