Tropical Depression Imelda left severe flooding, two dead, and an estimated 1000 people in need of rescue in Texas as of Thursday, September 19. A total of 86 cm (34 in) of rain has fallen over Beaumont in 24 hours. Severe transportation disruptions were also reported, with over 900 canceled flights at the Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston alone. Main roadways and highways were submerged in water, causing road closures and delays across the southeast region of the state.
More rain is forecast for the Houston area until at least Monday, September 23. A flash flood warning remains in effect as of Friday, September 20. Tropical Depression Imelda made landfall in Texas on Tuesday, September 17, at around 13:00 (local time).
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by Tropical Depression Imelda are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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