Tropical Storm Warning As a Category 1 hurricane, Nicholas dumped heavy rains and knocked out electricity to hundreds of thousands of people as it made landfall in the Gulf Coast early Tuesday.
At 1 a.m., Nicholas made landfall in Matagorda, Texas, causing widespread power outages and delivering rain to Louisiana, which was already reeling from the effects of Hurricane Ida.
Nicholas could potentially cause “life-threatening flash floods” over the south in the coming days, according to the National Hurricane Center, and more than 6 million people are under flash flood warnings ranging from southeast Texas to the Florida Panhandle.
According to poweroutage.us, more than 165,713 people in Texas were without power as of Tuesday night.
About half a million people were without power in the early hours of the storm’s arrival, with the majority of losses occurring outside of Houston, mainly near the coast.
According to Fransisco Sanchez of the Harris County Office of Emergency Management, much of the storm’s damage was caused by fell limbs and branches rather than “a whole lot of downed trees.”
“So what that tells us is the restoration should go a lot smoother,” Sanchez said.
The Houston metro recorded at least 9 inches of rain, with forecasters stating that some areas could experience twice that amount.
In Louisiana, there were reports of 10 flooded streets in New Orleans and two underpasses were closed.
“One of the most distressing parts of this is the heaviest rain now is expected to fall in the areas that were most devastated by hurricane Ida,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday.
President Joe Biden approved emergency aid for Louisiana, authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate “all disaster relief efforts, which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency.”
“It’s vital that we have as many resources as possible to respond to the forecasted heavy rainfall, potential for flash flooding and river flooding across central Louisiana and all of South Louisiana,” Edwards said.