Residents in southeast Texas have been warned to stay indoors as flash flooding and heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Depression Imelda continue to drench the region.
Galveston, Houston and Beaumont have been hit especially hard by flooding. The National Weather Service described the situation as "extremely dangerous and life-threatening."
Texas National Guard members have been deployed to Huntsville and Beaumont to aid in search and rescue operations. The Texas Military Department's press secretary told CNN: "We won't rest until we've made every effort to rescue those in harm's way. Our guardsmen conduct regular and routine training exercises to prepare for situations like Tropical Depression Imelda."
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a "state of disaster" in 13 counties on Thursday, saying "the severe weather and flooding event ... has caused widespread and severe property damage and threatens loss of life."
The NWS says Imelda is expected to keep moving north along the Texas-Louisiana border through Friday. It predicts "an additional 4-10 inches of rain, and up to 25 inches of storm total in isolated areas may result in flash flooding" as the storm continues on its path.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.