Hurricane Nicholas Path: Where the Hurricane Leads Next
As Hurricane Nicholas hit the coast Tuesday morning, forecasters warned that the storm could bring “life-threatening flooding” to the Deep South over the next few days.
Nichols, now a tropical storm, could cause dangerous flash flooding along the coastal region of Upper Texas, parts of Louisiana, southern Mississippi and southern Alabama, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning.
Strong winds and heavy rain are expected in parts of Texas and Louisiana for several days after the storm as it moves along the Gulf Coast, including 20 inches of rain in parts of central and southern Louisiana, which are still hurricanes. recovering from. Ida last month, the center said. It also warned of the potential for tornadoes in upper Texas and the southwest Louisiana coast on Tuesday.
The storm has already battered parts of coastal Texas, causing power outages to hundreds of thousands of customers, as it made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane early Tuesday and headed for Houston.
The Hurricane Center warned of the potential for dangerous storm surges as Nichols moves along the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, with water reaching five feet above ground, from Sargent to High Island in Texas, and four feet above ground. Island to Rutherford Beach in Louisiana.
Water may be visible up to three feet above ground in other parts of Texas, including Aransas, San Antonio and Matagorda Bay in Louisiana, as well as Intracoastal City.
Although it will weaken as it moves over land in the coming days, the storm is still expected to bring hurricane-strength winds and rain, according to the Hurricane Center.
In southwest Louisiana, many homes are still covered with blue wire after Hurricane Laura struck in 2020. In total, more than 52,000 state residents have requested the free installation of sustainable tarps through Blue Roof, a program funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Installations are performed or inspected by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The program is still accelerating, but Colonel Zachary L., of the Corps’ Ida Recovery Mission. Miller said he hoped to have all the temporary roofs attached within 60 days.
Now, he said, Nichols may delay workers’ efforts. “We understand that immediate homeownership feel,” he said. “And we also understand that more rain could mean more damage.”
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