The storm is pouring heavy rain on southern Louisiana, the coast of Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Florida.
Storm Nicholas weakened to a tropical depression when it crept from Texas to southern Louisiana on Wednesday, releasing heavy rain over a landscape where Hurricane Ida recently destroyed thousands of roofs, now covered with thin sails.
Forecasters said Nicholas would be delayed until Thursday to a stall across central Louisiana, with plenty of water still flowing east of downtown, soaking the Gulf Coast into the western Florida Panhandle.
Nicholas’ damage comes just two weeks after Hurricane Ida more than killed 80 people in at least eight U.S. states and devastated communities on the Louisiana coast near New Orleans.
In a tweet, the National Hurricane Center said that ‘life-threatening floods’ would be a threat for the next two days.
Southeast Louisiana is facing the biggest flood threat, and Governor John Bel Edwards has warned people to take it seriously, even though Nicholas was no longer the hurricane that landed in Texas on Tuesday.
“This is a very serious storm, especially in the areas that were so badly affected by Hurricane Ida,” Edwards said.
Governor Edwards noted that more than two weeks after Ida was hit, 95,000 electrical customers were still without power. And he said the new storm could mean that some who regained power could lose it again. Homes already severely damaged by Ida have not yet been repaired to the extent that they can withstand heavy rains, Edwards added.
Tropical depression #Nicholas Advice 14: Nicholas moves slowly across the extreme southwest of Louisiana. Life-threatening flash floods remain possible over parts of the central Gulf Coast over the next few days. https://t.co/VqHn0uj6EM
– National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) 15 September 2021
Energy companies working to restore power to the remaining areas in the state said Wednesday that they are keeping a close eye on Nicholas, but do not expect it to affect their recovery time.
Forecasters have warned people along the central Gulf Coast that up to 50 centimeters (20 inches) are possible until Friday in places in a region still recovering from Category 4 hurricane – Ida week ago and Laura last year.
Galveston, Texas, recorded nearly 35 cm (14 inches) of rain from Nicholas, the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, while Houston reported more than 15 cm (six inches).
The New Orleans office of the National Weather Service said late Tuesday that up to 25 cm (10 inches) of rain could fall in parts of Louisiana, while some areas are experiencing particularly intense periods of five to eight centimeters (two to three inches) of rainfall. hour.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of emergency in 17 counties and three cities, preparing rescue boats for boats and helicopters.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said no injuries or deaths were reported in the city, where teams are clearing debris and restoring strength. “It could have been much, much worse,” he said.
The Houston Independent School District and dozens of schools in Texas and Louisiana have canceled classes.
Hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed at airports in Corpus Christi and Houston, Texas.
President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency for Louisiana and ordered federal aid to local responders because of the consequences of Nicholas, the White House said Monday.