The torrential rain triggered by a tropical storm have brought Houston to a halt ahead of the ‘Howdy Modi’ event where US President Donald Trump will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will address over 50,000 Indian-Americans. The rains had prompted the governor to declare an emergency in several parts of the state of Texas.
Tropical Depression Imelda hit Texas on Thursday leading to flooding of several areas, power outages and prompting urgent rescues and warnings across southeastern Texas for people to stay indoors.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of emergency for 13 countries in southeastern Texas.
The Governor said that this had happened very quickly. It just demonstrates that in this day and time, climate change is real. He said that people don’t have to be concerned for long just with a hurricane. “We have to be concerned with almost any sort of weather system that can quickly evolve into a major storm and produce a great deal of rain,” said Abbott.
According to the US National Weather Service, the rainfall was winding down in areas that had been hit the hardest, but some parts of Fort Bend, Harris and Galveston counties were seeing additional 2-3 inches of rainfall every hour.
However, the volunteers of the Howdy Modi event are upbeat and confident that all the attendees at the sprawling NRG stadium in Houston will have an experience they will cherish all their lives.