Tropical Storm Nicholas Drenches Texas With a Foot of Rain
In SummaryNicholas was downgraded to a tropical storm after it hit landfall early Tuesday morning. Parts of Texas and Louisiana were under a hurricane watch.
Tropical Storm Nicholas poured over a foot of rain unto the Texas Gulf Coast and drenched an already battered southwestern Louisiana.
Nicholas, which was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm after it made landfall Tuesday morning, could “cause life-threatening flash floods across the deep South during the next couple of days,” according to the National Hurricane Center.
The National Hurricane Center also stated the storm should move more slowly to the northeast later today and then turn eastward by Wednesday over Louisiana.
Nicholas is expected to produce additional rainfall of five to 10 inches from the upper Texas coastal area into central to southern Louisiana, far southern Mississippi and far southern Alabama, with isolated storm totals of 20 inches across central to southern Louisiana.
Nicholas has caused power outages in Texas with nearly 200,000 customers reporting a loss of power.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said rescue teams were sent to the Houston area and along the coast.
“Listen to local weather alerts and heed local advisories about the right and safe thing to do, and you’ll make it through this storm just like you’ve had many other storms,” Abbott said during a news conference in Houston.
According to the National Hurricane Center, a tornado or two will be possible today along the upper Texas coast and southern Louisiana.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he was concerned about the impact of heavy rain, which led to a deployment of high-water rescue vehicles and barricades to protect the city from flooding.
“This city is very resilient,” Turner said. “We know what we need to do. We know about preparing.”