Nicholas Path: Where the Storm Leads Next
Tropical Depression Nichols is expected to bring heavy rain to much of Louisiana on Wednesday, increasing the risk of severe flooding in an area already affected by Hurricane Ida and still struggling to restore power to thousands of customers. Is.
Forecasters warned that the storm, which made landfall early Tuesday as a hurricane on the Texas Gulf Coast, could also cause deadly flash floods in parts of the Deep South, bringing five to 10 inches of rain down southern Louisiana, southern Mississippi. Is. Southern Alabama and western Florida panhandle through Friday.
The National Hurricane Center said up to 20 inches of rain is possible in isolated parts of those areas.
The forecast has prompted weather-weary officials across the South to prepare for another round of dangerous conditions.
In Mississippi, the state’s emergency management agency told residents how they could run on high ground Outlining the challenges of an intense hurricane season from climate change if flooding occurs.
“Take Nicholas’ threats very seriously,” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards told a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Edwards said about 95,000 customers in the state were without power due to Hurricane Ida. Nichols had already added an additional 13,500 outages by Tuesday afternoon, he said, and efforts to restore power are likely to be set back because of the new storm.
Forecasters said Nicolas is expected to weaken as it churns east. But according to the Hurricane Center, the storm will still produce strong winds and driving rain.
The center said river flooding is also possible in parts of southern Louisiana and Mississippi.
In Texas, about 120,000 customers were without power on Wednesday morning, according to Poweroutage.us, a website that tracks and collects reports from utilities.
Houston residents were told by the city’s police department to stay home because of hazardous conditions, such as power lines and rubble-laden roads, after the area was stormed with winds up to 40 mph. was still present.
Sergeant Galveston Police Department’s Derek Gaspard said the area was lucky to survive a “worst-case scenario” on Tuesday.
“Still,” he said in an interview on Tuesday night, “it was raining a lot.”
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