Published: Fri, September 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Tropical Storm Kills One In Houston, Halts Flights, Floods Roads

Tropical Storm Kills One In Houston, Halts Flights, Floods Roads

Tropical Storm Imelda dumped torrential rains over the Houston-area, killing at least two people, while rescuers in boats pulled hundreds from flooded cars, the airport temporarily halted flights and tens of thousands of people lost power.

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.

Roads and major highways in Texas were closed, and the Harris County Sheriff's Office said emergency crews have responded to 992 weather-related calls, including 407 high-water rescues.

Parts of southeast Texas continue to be under flood warnings and flash flood watches, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster on Thursday for 13 counties.

Poteet spent more than $50,000 repairing her home after Harvey, she said, after that storm dropped 27 trillion gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana.

Imelda weakened into an open wave on Thursday afternoon, but its impact is still being felt in both Texas and Louisiana, which also experienced Harvey.

"The weather will worsen as the day goes on", Taylor said.

Earlier on Thursday morning, the USA supermajor shut the chemical plant at the Beaumont petrochemical and refining complex, also due to the flooding from Imelda, Exxon's spokesman Jeremy Eikenberry told Reuters.

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Floodwater poured Thursday morning into Beaumont TV station KBMT, forcing the news staff to move to Houston sister station KHOU to broadcast.

Coastal counties, including Brazoria, Matagorda and Galveston, got the most rainfall since Imelda formed on Tuesday.

Sargent, a town of about 2,700 residents in Matagorda County, had received almost 20 inches (508 millimeters) of rain since Tuesday.

"The rain (Tuesday) night was just massive sheets of rain and lightning storms", said Romero, 57.

Romero said her home, located along a creek, was not in danger of flooding as it sits on stilts, like many others nearby.

In the Houston area, the rainfall flooded some roadways Wednesday, stranding drivers, and caused several creeks and bayous to rise.

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

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