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Tropical Storm Imelda overwhelms Texas with flash floods

A school bus makes its way on flooded Hopper Rd. on Sept. 19 in Houston, Tex. Photo: Thomas B. Shea / Stringer/Getty Images

Tropical Storm Imelda struck the southeast Texas-Louisiana border the hardest on Thursday, inundating some areas with 2-3 feet of rain and resulting in hundreds of water rescues, road closures and at least 1 hospital evacuation, reports the Washington Post.

The latest: Flash flood emergencies are in effect for parts of southeastern Texas, while flash flood watches are in effect for areas in western Louisiana and eastern Texas, according to the National Weather Service's latest advisory.

8th person dies from vaping-related lung illness

A man vaping and puffing out smoke
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A Missouri man in his mid-40s became the 8th person in the U.S. to die from a lung-related illness linked to vaping on Thursday, according to the state's Department of Health and Senior Services.

What's happening: As of Sept. 19, the CDC reports there are 530 possible cases of severe respiratory illnesses among people who vaped nicotine or cannabis products in 38 states and 1 territory. The number of cases has jumped 50% in 1 week. Deaths have also occurred in Kansas, Indiana, Minnesota, California, Oregon and Illinois, per the Washington Post.

Schiff: DNI's refusal to turn over whistleblower complaint is "unprecedented"

Intelligence Community inspector general Michael Atkinson on Thursday declined to provide lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee with details of a controversial whistleblower complaint that allegedly involves a conversation between President Trump and an unknown foreign leader, according to Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).