Two People Dead from Tropical Storm Imelda as Texas Governor Declares State of Emergency in 13 Counties

At least two people were killed as torrential rainfall from Tropical Depression Imelda deluged parts of Southeast Texas Thursday.

Hunter Morrison was electrocuted by a downed power line in nearby floodwaters while he and his father were trying to save one of their horses on their property in Beaumont, Jefferson County Emergency Management confirmed to The Weather Channel.

Later Thursday, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed the death of a man who was pulled from a submerged van at Interstate 69 and the Will Clayton Parkway in Humble. The man was removed from the van and given CPR; He was then transported to a local hospital in critical condition, but was later pronounced dead. Three others were extracted from the van and there is an ongoing search for additional occupants.

Hundreds were rescued from floodwaters throughout the day Thursday. Law enforcement officials from Houston to the Louisiana state line pleaded with residents to stay off the roads.

“Wherever you are, stay where you are,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said during a news conference. He especially urged people not to leave work early.

Portions of major roadways remained covered by water Thursday evening.

More than 200 vehicles have been recovered from roadways in Houston as of Thursday evening, and more were expected to be towed to clear up roads into early Friday.

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SOURCE: The Weather Channel, Ron Brackett