- Millions of residents throughout Southeast Texas are under a flash flood warning through Thursday of this week.
- Downpours in the south have caused power outages and damage to homes and vehicles
- In Louisiana, authorities are investigating two deaths, including that of a Hispanic man, related to the storms.
Millions of residents throughout Southeast Texas remain under a flash flood warning through Thursday due to the heavy downpours that have battered the entire region since the beginning of the week, CNN reported.
Authorities have issued not only flood warnings, but tornado warnings as well. This latest alert was issued for areas around Houston and College Station, however it was canceled Wednesday morning.
Texas flash flood warning threatens millions
Torrential rains are expected to continue to hit the South of the country at least until Friday this week, when the storm system moves into the Gulf of Mexico, according to CNN.
However, rains are expected in coastal areas of Texas through Monday of next week. More than 100,000 people suffered power outages early Wednesday, according to PowerOutage. As of Wednesday, 3 to 5 inches of rain have fallen in South Texas.
Fatalities in Louisiana
Meanwhile, in Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards told a news conference that there were two weather-related deaths. The body of Justin Blaine Thompson, 33, was found in a vehicle submerged in water under a Baton Rouge overpass, the coroner’s office said.
Across the Mississippi River near Port Allen, a 40-year-old Hispanic named Alvarado Morentes Hermelindo was killed and another person disappeared after his car crashed into a canal Monday night, Louisiana state police said. , according to The Associated Press.
“Unfortunately, more rain is on the way.”
“Unfortunately, more rain is on the way,” Edwards said, noting that the ground is already saturated. “While we hope that the worst of this rain has passed, we cannot be sure of that.” Officials in the Baton Rouge area did not yet have estimates of how many homes were filled with water and were asking people to report the damage.
The downpours come five years after similar rains flooded swaths of the capital region for days. Broome acknowledged the “increased sense of anxiety” felt by residents. “Our community has had more than its share in severe rain events,” he said. But he tried to calm the residents: “We are not under the same threat as in 2016.”
Up to 15 inches of rain in 12 hours
Residents in southern Louisiana were bracing for more rain Tuesday after heavy downpours flooded homes, drowned cars and shut down a major interstate. Lake Charles was hit once again by nature’s fury in a coastal area still reeling from back-to-back hurricanes last fall and a deep freeze in February.
The National Weather Service said Monday south of Lake Charles in western Louisiana saw 30 to 38 centimeters (12 to 15 inches) of rain over a 12-hour period, while in other parts of the parish. they fell as much as 25 centimeters (10 inches).
“Lots of rain”
The Baton Rouge area was also hit by rain on Monday. The New Orleans branch of the National Weather Service said on its Twitter account that, according to radar estimates, up to a foot of rain could have fallen in parts of East Baton Rouge and Iberville.
At Ascension Parish, parish president Clint Cointment alerted all employees responsible for drainage problems after the “heavy rain” and issuing a state of emergency for flooding, The Associated Press reported.
Arkansas flood warnings were also issued
In Arkansas, the National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings early Wednesday. The Arkansas Division of Emergency Management said through its Twitter account that 15 people were rescued from their homes after heavy flooding.
“Please be careful, avoid flooded areas’ turn so you don’t drown,” the tweet read. On the other hand, the Baton Rouge Fire Department in Louisiana responded to more than 300 calls overnight from people trapped in cars or homes that were beginning to flood, The Advocate reported.
Severe weather will continue until mid-week
Rainy weather is expected to continue in southern Louisiana through the middle of the week. Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Monday night for southwestern Louisiana. Western Louisiana is still reeling from Hurricanes Laura and then Delta last year. And then, in February, freezing temperatures froze pipes and caused problems getting clean water to area residents.
The Little Rock office of the National Weather Service said on its Twitter account that parts of central Arkansas had also seen two to more than four inches (5-10 centimeters) of rain as of Monday morning. More rains are expected this week, the agency said.
“Floods in places we have never seen before”
Meanwhile, the Calcasieu parish sheriff’s office was asking residents to stay off the roads and said they had already deployed vehicles and boats to assist residents, KPLC reported.
Photos in local media showed water up to the gates in a Lake Charles subdivision as vehicles sought to navigate flooded streets in another part of the city. “We have flooding in places we’ve never seen before,” Dick Gremillion, director of Homeland Security for Calcasieu Parish, told CNN.
They ask for additional help
The flash flood watch is in effect for the area through Thursday night and downpours are expected to continue for the next several days through the middle of this week.
“We are asking for additional help,” Gremillion said. “The National Guard and some other organizations are going to come in and reinforce us in case we have to do this again tomorrow,” Gremillion said, noting that many residents have had to go to use sandbags to combat the floods.
Storms would continue this week
During the early hours of Tuesday morning, another thunderstorm system is expected to develop in west-central Texas, continuing east as it intensifies. “This will put the central and northeastern parts of Texas at risk of severe storms through Tuesday afternoon and evening,” according to CNN.
This new storm system could bring with it more large hail and damaging winds as other scattered thunderstorms form over the rest of the southern plains Wednesday afternoon. Filed Under: Texas Flood Warning.
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