At least three people are dead and at least 1,700 have been rescued as the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda drenched parts of Texas with a downpour so severe that it’s drawn comparisons to 2017’s Hurricane Harvey. One of the dead is reported to be a 19-year-old man who drowned and was electrocuted while trying to save his horse from the floods during a lightning storm. The second was reported by AP to be a man in his forties or fifties who drowned when he tried to drive through 8-foot-deep floodwaters. A third man was found dead in a ditch Friday and is believed to have drowned in the flooding.
The National Weather Service said Jefferson County was soaked with more than 40 inches of rain in 72 hours—the seventh wettest tropical cyclone in U.S. history. More than 900 flights were canceled or delayed in Houston. However, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said floodwaters had started receding Thursday night.