Hurricane Imelda has claimed the life of a third person in Texas after a man was discovered drowned on Friday, the announcement happened as second hurricane Lorena looked set to threaten Mexican beach resorts and four other storms swirled around the US.
The combined activity of Imelda, Lorena, Humberto, Jerry, Kiko and Mario in both the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific basins are believed to tie the modern day record for storms that was set in 1992, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
‘Anyone want a tropical storm? They are forming like roaches out there,’ tweeted Eric Blake, one of the NHC forecasters.
‘It’s not something that you see all the time, but not unheard of, either,’ added Weather Channel meteorologist Danielle Banks.
Imelda has already dumped more than 40 inches of rain in some parts of Texas since Monday and the downpour may continue through Friday in parts of eastern Texas and western Louisiana.
Lorena is currently a Category 1 hurricane and remains around 60 miles east southeast of Cabo San Lucas on the tip of the Baja California Sur peninsula. It currently has maximum sustained wind speeds up to 75mph.
On its current route heavy rainfall is expected and some people have fled to shelters.
The six storms that are swirling around US in both the Atlantic and Pacific basin, including hurricanes Jerry and Lorena, shortly after Imelda devastated Houston and other areas in Texas
Dwain Kaufman (right) waits for his wife as she is helped into the back of a family member’s truck by Beaumont firefighters and members of the Texas National Guard on Thursday. The remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda unleashed torrential rains in parts of Texas, prompting hundreds of water rescues, a hospital evacuation and road closures as the powerful storm system quickly drew comparisons to 2017’s Hurricane Harvey
A driver takes a cellphone photo of a flooded car on the Interstate 10 feeder road in in Southeast Texas. The National Weather Service says most of Southeast Texas was under a flash flood watch through Friday morning
Jerran Pearson (left) and Ryan Bettencourt and his dog, Chief, are rescued by boat from their neighborhood flooded due to heavy rain spawned by Tropical Depression Imelda on Thursday, in Patton Village, Texas
GeoColor satellite image, taken Friday, shows Hurricane Lorena (top center) followed by Tropical Storm Mario, near the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula
In the aftermath rescue crews with boats were scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes.
Imelda’s path of destruction led to the deaths of three men, two discovered on Thursday.
Nineteen-year-old Hunter Morrison was electrocuted and drowned while trying to move his horse to safety during a lightning storm, according to a message from his family shared by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
A man in his 40s or 50s, who is yet to be named, drowned when he tried to drive a van through eight-foot-deep floodwaters near Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston during the Thursday afternoon rush hour, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.
A third man’s body was discovered on Friday, Harris County Sheriff’s Office have confirmed. The unidentified man was last seen walking during the severe rainfall, just north of Houston. His body was found in a ditch drowned from storm-related flooding. An autopsy will be performed to confirm the cause of death.
Police were working well into the night to clear roads of vehicles stalled and abandoned because of flooding, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.
Officials in Harris County, which includes Houston, said there had been a combination of around 1,700 high-water rescues and evacuations to get people to shelter as the longevity and intensity of the rain surprised even those who had been bracing for floods. The storm also flooded parts of south-western Louisiana.
Meanwhile Lorena was upgraded to hurricane status on Friday morning with maximum sustained wind speeds were up to 75 mph and was still about 60 miles away as it moves toward Cabo San Lucas at 9mph (15kph). As of Friday midday the Category 1 hurricane.
Several in the area have evacuated to shelters in Cao San Lucas, according to civil protection authorities.
Those in Baja California Sur were warned about hurricane force winds expected to hit the peninsula on Friday. A warning was in effect that warned residents to protect life and property.
As of early Friday morning, owners had pulled boats from the water and shopkeepers put plywood over windows and doors as Tropical Storm Lorena bears down on Mexico’s resort-studded Los Cabos area, predicted to arrive Friday at hurricane force.
The aftermath of Hurricane Imelda in one neighborhood in Beaumont, Texas, where the streets, driveways and some homes appeared to be completely flooded
Hunter Morrison was killed earlier on Thursday after being electrocuted while trying to rescue his horse from the rising floodwaters in Texas
Jim Dunagan moves his cattle to higher ground as remnants of Tropical Depression Imelda flood parts of Southeast Texas, on Thursday, near Nome, Texas. Dunagan said his cattle were standing in water up to their stomachs before he and another man moved them to another pasture. He also said he thought the rain fell faster than it did during Hurricane Harvey, within a 24 hour to 48 hour period
A man wades through the floodwaters in Texas, where more than four inches has been dumped on the region on Thursday
A pair of men get into a boat try to rescue a family trapped by floodwaters. At least 1,000 people have been rescued, and some are climbing to the roof of their homes to escape the flooding
Lorena is forecast to pass over or near the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula later in the day with heavy winds and soaking rains.
The slow-moving storm was moving west at just 2mph, increasing the risk that the popular tourist spot could sustain major downpour.
Lorena could strengthen further on Friday, but is expected to begin weakening by Saturday night.
Earlier this week, Lorena hit parts of the Pacific coast of Mexico with torrential downpours, forcing schools to suspend classes and disrupting maritime traffic for major ports.
Lorena is forecast to produce 3 to 6 inches (8 to 15 cm) of rain in parts of southern Baja California Sur, and as much as 8 inches (20 cm) in some areas, the NHC said.
Back in Texas, homes and buildings were flooded by the rainfall – it was estimated that around 37,000 people have lost power so far.
Those affected included Durham Elementary School in Houston, where teachers were forced to make a bridge out of benches to safety escort young students out of the cafeteria.
The footage was taken by a teacher who wished to remain anonymous and could be heard saying, ‘Who’s gonna believe me? Nobody’s gonna believe this. We are flooding!’
She explained that the rain started pouring at around 11am local time on Thursday and soon after walkways were flooded with several inches of water. The teachers, who feared children getting cold and wet clothes especially while entering air conditioned buildings, constructed a walkway.
‘He started grabbing the benches and he made a long bridge for the kids,’ she said.
One teacher in Durham Elementary School in Houston decided to help students on Thursday after several inches of water flooded a school corridor. The unnamed person decided to construct a bridge out of benches to allow the kids to travel to the cafeteria without getting damp (left). Flooding from the storm began to affect the area on Thursday at around 11am (right)
Fred Stewart, left, is helped to high ground by Splendora Police officer Mike Jones after he was rescued from his flooded neighborhood as rains from Imelda inundated the area on Thursday
A man sits on top of a truck on a flooded road on Thursday in Houston. Members of the Houston Fire Dept. brought him a life jacket and walked him to dry land
Jade McLain (left) carries Thor out of a boat as she and Fred Stewart were rescued from their flooded neighborhood inundated by rains on Thursday
Terry Spencer (above) carries his daughter, Trinity, through high water on 59th Street near Stewart Road in Galveston, Texas, on Wednesday
One of many acts of heroism in the state, as neighbors, strangers and emergency services battled to rescue their fellow Texans, was the story of one high school football player who saved a woman and her toddler after she drove her SUV into a ditch filled with around 15 feet of water.
Jayden Payne jumped into the car to help save the woman and her child in Aldine, north of Houston. ‘I put her on the side of the grass and she put her baby on the grass,’ Payne told CBS News. ‘She just told me, she was like, “You’re my guardian angel.”‘
On Twitter Aldine Head Coach was quoted saying: ‘To me, today Jayden Payne had a win in life that is bigger than North Shore beating Duncanville on the last play of the game.’
Another story about a tractor trailer driver being saved by onlookers when he drove into a flooded street also emerged.
Water had flooded up to the windshield of his vehicle, when passersby on a bridge jumped onto the vehicle and used a rope and hammer to save the man’s life. The unnamed man could be seen being pulled to safety by at least two or three other men.
‘I think it was a lot worse than kinda the general public had anticipated,’ one Houston Fire Department volunteer said.
In Houston stranded drivers could be seen holding their children above the waters and putting life jackets on them before they were taken to higher ground. In nearby Beaumont, helicopters operated by the Coast Guard carried patients out one by one to safety from the rising floodwaters.
One resident said: ‘The fact that there are cars stranded and people are getting high-water rescued, that’s never happened in our time we’ve lived here… Even after Harvey.’
As the rainfall continued to pour in Texas, cars were flooded up to their bonnets and some were even higher in the Houston area on Thursday
Spring firefighters have rescued nearly 100 people on Thursday, the crew from Station 74 has had a busy day rescuing young and old in the Sandpiper Trails neighborhood in east Spring in Harris County
Stranded drivers could be seen holding their children out of the water and above them ready for emergency services to airlift them to higher ground one by one on in the Houston area on Thursday
One person was seen being taken on a gurney into the hospital for treatment by the US Coast Guard and paramedics in the Houston area on Thursday
One elderly person was escorted from the scene by members of Spring Fire Department in Harris County on Thursday
It was estimated that as many as 37,000 people were left without power due to the dreadful floods caused by Imelda in the Houston area on Thursday
Another clip showed a man who was forced to abandon his car after floodwaters accompanying the storm flooded above the bonnet of his vehicle. The man could be seen climbing out a window with his lights on and the car pointing downwards as if the vehicle had just became stuck in an underwater ditch.
The National Weather Service said preliminary estimates suggested Jefferson County was deluged with more than 43.15 inches of rain in 72 hours, which would make it the seventh wettest tropical cyclone in US history and the fourth wettest tropical cyclone ever to impact the state of Texas, according to National Weather Service Houston.
Even when Houston was finally rid of the worst, central roads remained littered with abandoned cars submerged in water. Thousands of other drivers were at a practical standstill on narrowed lanes near flooded banks.
Hundreds of vehicles that were previously stranded on the highways have since been towed.
Ahead of the evening rush hour on Thursday, Houston officials urged commuters to stay in their offices for an extra three to four hours rather than embark on flooded and already jammed roads.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner made a similar appeal to parents as Houston Independent School District — Texas’s largest with more than 200,000 students — did not cancel classes or shorten the day, unlike neighboring districts in the path of the storm. The district cancelled Friday classes.
People have been warned that an additional one to two inches of rain could fall as Imelda edges away from Houston. As of Friday morning, the flood waters in Harris County were beginning to recede.
‘That doesn’t mean we are out of the woods,’ Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo told the Houston Chronicle. ‘It’s important that people remember to stay out of the water.’
She mourned the two Texans who died: ‘That is terrible. Any death is terrible. But given the scale, it tells us that people have heeded the advice. The residents have listened.’
By 4.am Friday it was reported that George Bush Intercontinental Airport had reopened after reporting more than nine inches of rain in 24 hours. More than 900 flights were cancelled or delayed in Houston.
Coastal counties, including Brazoria, Matagorda and Galveston, were hit hard by rainfall through Wednesday. Sargent (pictured), a town of about 2,700 residents in Matagorda County, had received nearly 20 inches of rain since Tuesday
Trucks drive down Carancahua Street to enter neighborhoods in Sargent, Texas, on Wednesday
The US Coast Guard shows Coast Guard shallow-water response teams from Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge conducting rescue operations near Beaumont, Texas, on Thursday. Multiple Coast Guard units are assisting local agencies to help those in need due to flooding caused by Tropical Depression Imelda
A family in Beaumont, Texas, is rescued by fan boat by a member of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department as ‘catastrophic’ floodwaters rise as parts of the state is battered by Imelda on Thursday
Imelda was quickly shaping up to be the fifth-wettest storm to strike the US on Thursday, a mere two years after Hurricane Harvey topped the list, Forbes reported, to become one of the worst storms in modern American history.
Many on the ground in Texas felt that Imelda was worse than Harvey. Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said the recent storm by ‘Harvey look like a little thunderstorm,’ as reported by KTRK.
Hawthorne estimated that of the 2,500 residents in Winnie-Stonewall, one area of Chambers County, that around 20 per cent of them had watched their homes go underwater. He added: ‘It’s dire out here. I’m fearful for this community right now.’
The remnants of Imelda caused several barges to break loose and the closure of one major bridge over the San Jacinto River in Texas.
The U.S. Coast Guard says witnesses reported early Friday that nine barges had broken away from their moorings at a shipyard. The Coast Guard says at least two of the barges struck the Interstate 10 bridge over the San Jacinto River at Channelview, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) east of Houston.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says there is possible structural damage to the bridge, and that it won’t reopen until inspections occur.
In the Atlantic, Hurricane Jerry has been gaining strength on a track that is predicted to carry it near the northern Leeward Islands on Friday and north of Puerto Rico on Saturday.
Forecasters said the storm could bring 5 to 10 inches of rain to parts of the region and Mexican officials voiced concern that some parts of southern Mexico, which have seen a lack of rainfall, could suffer dangerous flash floods and landslides unleashed by torrential rain.
In parts of Colima, Jalisco and Michoacan states, ‘it is forecast that the total accumulations of rain could … represent 40 per cent of the rain for an entire year in that part of the country,’ said Blanca Jiménez Cisneros, director-general of Mexico’s National Water Commission. Classes were suspended in Colima as a precaution
A school bus makes its way on the flooded Hopper Rd on Thursday in Houston, Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott has declared much of Southeast Texas disaster areas after heavy rain and flooding from the remnants of Tropical Depression Imelda dumped more than two feet of water across some areas
Daniel Collins (front) and Andrew Dominguez paddle their kayak down a flooded 23rd Street near The Strand in Galveston, Texas, on Thursday, as rains from Tropical Depression Imelda inundated the island
People walk the flooded waters Hopper Rd on Thursday in Houston, Texas. Greg Abbott has declared much of Southeast Texas disaster areas after heavy rain and flooding
Stalled cars sit among flooded Calder Avenue near I-10 in Beaumont, Texas, where several roads remained heavily flooded throughout the afternoon on Thursday. Boaters and other emergency personnel were conducting rescue missions to those in need throughout the morning and afternoon
Tropical Storm Mario remained further south of Baja California Sur on Friday morning and looked set to travel in a north easterly direction. Current forecasts predict it will dissipate within three days. Maximum sustained winds were 65mph.
Kiko could also be set to dissipate in the next three days and was due to continue in a northwest direction through Friday night, before heading west-southwest through early next week.
The core of Jerry is set to move north of archipelago, the Leeward Islands, potentially bringing heavy rainfall and flash floods in the region. Current patterns predict the Hurricane will remain off the coast of the US swinging northwest before heading northeast and deeper into the Atlantic, it will be inline with North Carolina by Wednesday next week.
The outermost Caribbean islands were already on a tropical storm watch Thursday morning as the storm approached. Forecasters said Jerry could be near the northern Leeward Islands on Friday and pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday.
The NHC said Humberto still had maximum sustained winds of at 125mph early Thursday, with tropical storm-force winds extending outward for 405 miles, covering a huge swath of ocean off New England and Nova Scotia.
The storm was centered about 250 miles north-northeast of Bermuda and moving to the east-northeast at a brisk 22 mph.
One row of cars in Texas flooded up to the wheels and bumpers following the aftermath of Hurricane Imelda on Thursday in the Houston area
The waters had risen so high in some areas of Texas that beneath some bridges there was heavy flooding on Thursday in the Houston area
Many homes appeared to be flooded with water in the Houston area. Drivers who dared to drive during the rainfall became stuck on Thursday
Even trees were left submerged in the high waters in the Houston area. It was estimated that around Texas was flooded in around 40inches of water alone on Thursday
Rescuers could be seen travelling out to help people in multiple flooded spots throughout Texas. There were an estimated 2,000 rescue efforts believed to have happened in the affected areas on Thursday in the Houston area
Deeps waters trapped vehicles and cars on Thursday, including one tractor trailer driver who had to be pulled out by passersby on a bridge nearby in the Houston area