Texas residents brace for heavy rains and flash floods after Nicholas makes landfall – .

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Texas residents brace for heavy rains and flash floods after Nicholas makes landfall – .


Hurricane Nicholas, now a tropical storm, made landfall along the Texas coast on Tuesday, bringing up to 50 centimeters of rain over parts of the Gulf of Mexico coast, including the same area affected by the Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and storm-stricken Louisiana. The storm could also cause potentially fatal flash floods in the Deep South.
Nicholas landed in the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula and is now about 50 miles southwest of Houston, Texas, with maximum winds of 110 km / h, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Nicholas was the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

The storm was moving north-northeast at 9 mph and the Nicholas center was expected to move slowly over southeast Texas on Tuesday and over southwest Louisiana on Wednesday. The biggest unknown about Nicholas was how much precipitation he would produce in Texas, especially in flood-prone Houston.

Tropical storm warning

Almost all of the state’s coastline was subject to a tropical storm warning that included flash floods and potential urban flooding. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said authorities had placed relief teams and resources in the Houston area and along the coast.

In Houston, officials feared heavy rains expected by Tuesday could flood streets and flood homes. Authorities have deployed deep-sea rescue vehicles throughout the city and erected barricades at more than 40 locations that tend to be flooded, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.

“This city is very resilient. We know what to do. We know how to prepare, ”said Turner, referring to four major floods that have hit the Houston area in recent years, including the devastating damage to Harvey.

Meteorologist Kent Prochazka of the National Weather Service told The Associated Press on Tuesday that several trees fell along coastal counties and winds blew awnings at some gas stations and caused many blackouts.

Major power outages

CenterPoint Energy reports that more than 300,000 customers lost power when the storm hit Houston and it expects those numbers to continue to rise.

Many school districts along the Texas Gulf Coast canceled classes Monday due to the storm. The Houston School District, the state’s largest, along with others, said classes would be canceled on Tuesday. The weather threat has also closed several COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites in the Houston and Corpus Christi areas and forced the cancellation of a Harry Styles concert scheduled for Monday night in Houston.

One or two tornadoes could be possible Tuesday along the upper Texas coast and southwestern Louisiana, according to the weather service.

“Listen to local weather alerts and heed local advisories on the right thing to do safely, and you’ll weather this storm like you’ve had many others,” Abbott said at a press conference in Houston.

Slow thunderstorm

The concern with Nicholas will be how slowly he moves. Storms have moved more slowly in recent decades and Nicholas could find himself stuck between two other weather systems, said hurricane researcher Jim Kossin of the Climate Service.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Sunday night, ahead of the storm arriving in a state still recovering from Hurricane Ida and Hurricane Laura of the Year last and historic flooding.

“The most serious threat to Louisiana is in the southwestern part of the state, where recovery from Hurricane Laura and the May flooding continues,” Edwards said.

The storm was expected to bring the heaviest precipitation west of where Ida hit Louisiana two weeks ago.

Across Louisiana, nearly 120,000 customers went without power Monday morning, according to utility tracking site poweroutage.us.

In Cameron Parish on the Louisiana coast, Scott Trahan was still finishing repairs to his home after Hurricane Laura. He hopes to be done by Christmas. He said many in his area have moved instead of rebuilding.

“If you get your butt flogged about four times, you’re not going to get up.” You’re going to go somewhere else, ”Trahan said.

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