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Flash flooding in East Texas forces hospital evacuation, home rescue



Flash floods have dumped more than two feet of rain in parts of Texas, with the National Weather Service issuing a flash flood emergency for some areas along the Gulf Coast.

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More than 28 inches of rain have fallen in the city of Hamshire, Texas, southwest of Beaumont, in 48 hours since Tuesday.

Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne told ABC News early Thursday morning that the flood situation in Winnie is "horrible."

  PHOTO: Flash floods buried the roads near Winnie, Texas, September 19, 2019.
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Flash floods buried the roads near Winnie, Texas, September 19, 2019.

He said the roads were impossible and the local hospital was evacuated.

Dump trucks and airboats were used to get people to safety.

  PHOTO: A flash flood watch is in effect in parts of Texas.
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A flash flood watch is in effect in parts of Texas.

Some homes have four to five feet of water inside, Hawthorne said.

Rain speeds of up to 5 ”per hour were reported during night hours just south of Beaumont, causing the worst flood since Harvey two years ago.

Also, remnants of Imelda are still sitting across eastern Texas and western Louisiana, as there is more rain tomorrow.

  PHOTO: Flash floods hit Texas.
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Flash flood beats Texas. [19659009] Flash flood alerts continue for these areas.

Even today and into the evening, the remains of Imelda will slowly trace north, spread rain north in northeast Texas and northern Louisiana, and possibly in southern Arkansas and Oklahoma.

As much as 10 "of additional rain is expected in eastern Texas as more flooding is expected over the next 24 hours.

  PHOTO: Humberto heads north.
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Humberto heads north. “/>
19659009] Meanwhile, Hurricane Humberto moved north of Bermuda, bringing heavy rain and gusts of more than 115 mph to the island.

When Humberto moved away from Bermuda, the hurricane warning was dropped.

As Humberto moves away from the United States, it will continue to produce huge waves for the entire east coast of the United States, from West Palm Beach to Maine, where the waves can be as high as 6-12 feet.

  PHOTO: Jerry turns past the Caribbean islands.
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Jerry turns past the Caribbean.

Jerry is now also in the Atlantic a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph. The storm is expected to be hurricane soon.

The good news is that it stays mostly north of the Caribbean, giving the northernmost islands only some windy winds and rain.

Still, there is more tropical activity being formed in the tropical Atlantic, with a system just behind Jerry at only 30% development.

  PHOTO: Satellite image shows the conditions in the Atlantic.
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Satellite image shows Atlantic conditions.

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