Texas Man Electrocuted While Trying To Save Horse From Floodwaters

A young man from Texas is the first confirmed fatality from Tropical Depression Imelda. Hunter Morrison was electrocuted and drowned while trying to move his horse as the storm brought heavy rain and high winds as it made landfall.

Hunter's brother, Caleb, broke the tragic news on Facebook.

"Right now my family and I are going through one of the most horrific times in our lives with losing Hunter," Caleb wrote. "Thank you for all the kind words and phone calls I have received over the past 8 hrs, but I do want to clarify something...he wasn't "saving" people. He was trying to move his horse, got electrocuted, and drowned."

The storm has caused "catastrophic flooding" and emergency officials rescued over a thousand people who got stranded as the floodwaters rose. Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency and local officials say the flooding is worse than Hurricane Harvey which caused $125 billion in damage in 2017.

Imelda has dumped 28 inches of rain in some areas, and forecasters predict it could drop up to 40 inches of rain by Friday.

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