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State Of Disaster Declared For Southeast Texas Due To Imelda; Dallas, Fort Worth Fire Send Crews To


TO HEAR A GOOD STORY. EXPECT FRIENDS OF T BOONE PICKENS GATHER IN DALLAS TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF THE MAN THEY LOVE SO MUCH. WE BEGIN AT 4:00 WITH A DANGEROUS SITUATION UNFOLDING RIGHT NOW IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS. MORE THAN 1000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN RESCUED IN THE HOUSTON AREA BECAUSE OF FLOODING FROM IMELDA. THE POLICE CHIEF NEEDING HELP WITH SOME OF THOSE RESCUES, LAUNCHING RESCUE BOATS. GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT HAS DECLARED A STATE OF DISASTER FOR SEVERAL AREAS AND THERE IS MORE RAIN ON THE WAY. Reporter: TROPICAL DEPRESSION IMELDA IS SETTING OVER HOUSTON DUMPING AS MUCH IS FIVE INCHES OF RAIN PER HOUR. OKAY, WE ARE GOING TO EVACUATE YOU! COME ON OUT. Reporter: STREETS ARE UNDERWATER AND POLICE ARE GOING DOOR TO DOOR TO RESCUE PEOPLE TRAPPED INSIDE OF THEIR HOMES. I WANT TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE JUST TO STAY WHERE YOU ARE AND ALLOW THIS SYSTEM TO CLEAR THE AREA. Reporter: EAST OF HOUSTON, THE FLOODWATER IS NEARLY 60 FEET HIGH IN DAYTON, CARS ARE SINKING IN WINNIE. WE ARE DEFINITELY PREPARED FOR A STORM BUT NOT A STORM TO STALL ON TOP OF THIS. Reporter: THE DELUGE BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES OF HURRICANE HARVEY FOR SOME RESIDENTS. THIS FAMILY EVACUATED TO A SHELTER BEFORE THE WATER STARTED SEEPING INTO THEIR HOME . IN BEAUMONT, MORE THAN A FOOT OF RAIN HAS FALLEN AND FIRST RESPONDERS, SOME AREAS COULD SEE UP TO THREE FEET OF RAIN BEFORE THE WEEK IS OVER. THE RESPONSE, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLASHLIGHT EMERGENCY AND HUNDREDS OF FLIGHTS ARE BEING AFFECTED. LET’S BRING IN METEOROLOGIST, JEFF JAMISON. A LOT OF THESE PLACES WERE ALSO HIT BY HURRICANE HARVEY. HOW MUCH MORE RAIN ARE WE EXPECTED TO HAVE? IF THERE IS ANY GOOD NEWS FOR THE IMMEDIATE HOUSTON METRO, THE HEAVY RAIN. THERE’S GOING TO BE A BREAK BUT THE HEAVIEST RAIN PUSHING SOUTH TOWARD THE COAST, AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE ESTIMATED RAINFALL, THIS IS KIND OF THE FOOTPRINT. AND YOU CAN SEE THIS COLOR OF LIGHT WHERE WE HAVE HAD VERY, VERY MUCH RAIN, WELL OVER A FOOT OF RAIN IN SOME LOCATIONS INCLUDING THE CITY OF LIBERTY. CLEVELAND. THE TOWN OF WINNIE HAS SEEN THE MOST RAIN, 23 INCHES IN THE PAST 24 HOURS. 12 INCHES OF RAIN IN THE CITY OF BEAUMONT AND IN HOUSTON, YOU CAN SEE IN THE COLOR TABLE, ANYWHERE BETWEEN EIGHT AND 12 INCHES OF RAIN AND IT IS STILL FALLING BUT THE GRAIN RAIN WILL FALL INTO PLACE OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS IN THAT SYSTEM TO THE NORTH, TOMORROW. WE HAVE CERTAINLY HAD MORE CLOUDS AND WE HAVE HAD ALL MONTH LONG. DRIZZLE AND SHOWERS AND THAT WILL CONTINUE FOR THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING WITH TEMPERATURES HELD DOWN INTO THE 80s. WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THAT AND TOMORROW, AS WE ARE EXPECTING THE REMNANTS OF IMELDA TO WORK TO THE NORTH, SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THROUGHOUT THE DAY. I DON’T THINK IT IS GOING TO RAIN ALL DAY LONG IN ANY GIVEN LOCATION BUT THERE WILL BE SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TOMORROW, AS HIGH AS A 60% COVERAGE AND THAT IS MUCH-NEEDED RAIN BECAUSE PARTS OF NORTHEAST TEXAS ARE UNDER SEVERE DROUGHT.

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