Tropical Cyclone Nicholas Threatens Gulf Coast with Heavy Rain


Houston — Tropical Cyclone Nicholas intensified just off the Gulf Coast and could land in Texas as a hurricane on Monday. This is due to heavy rains and floods in the coastal areas from Mexico to the stormy Luiziana.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said maximum sustained winds reached 60 mph (95 km). Travel north-northwest at 5 mph (7 km) on a predicted track that will pass near the southern Texas coast later on Monday and travel ashore along the southern or central Texas coast by Monday evening. Was there.

Several schools in the Houston and Galveston areas were closed on Monday due to the arrival of the storm.

Nicholas was in the heart of about 40 miles (65 km) southeast of the mouth of the Rio Grande and 210 miles (325 km) south of Port O’Connor, Texas, as of Monday morning.

According to the National Hurricane Center, as of 7 am, the storm is “moving irregularly” off the northeast coast of Mexico.

Hurricane Watch issued by Port Aranthus to Freeport, Texas. Many of the state’s coastlines were warned of tropical cyclones because they were expected to bring heavy rains that could cause flash floods and urban floods.

A total of 8 to 16 inches (20 to 40 centimeters) of rainfall was expected along the central and upper coasts of Texas, allowing up to 20 inches (50 centimeters) of isolated maximums. In other parts of Texas and southwestern Louisiana, it can rain 5 to 10 inches (12.5 to 25 centimeters) in the next few days.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state has deployed rescue teams and resources along the Houston area and the Gulf of Texas.

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Governor of Texas Greg Abbott talks about Senate Bill 1, also known as the Election Completeness Bill, on September 7, 2021 in Tyler, Texas. (Marina Fatina / NTD)

“This is a storm that can leave heavy rains, winds, and possibly floods in different areas along the Gulf Coast. It is advisable to listen to local weather warnings and be aware of local warnings. “Abbott said in a video message.

Nicholas is heading to the same area of ​​Texas that was hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The storm landed on the coast of central Texas, then stagnated for four days, and rained more than 60 inches (152 cm) in parts of southeastern Texas. .. Harvey was blamed for at least 68 deaths.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared an emergency on Sunday night before the storm arrived with Hurricane Aida and last year’s Hurricane Laura and still recovering from the historic floods.

“The most serious threat to Louisiana is the southwestern part of the state, which continues to recover from Hurricane Laura and the May floods. Heavy rains and flash floods can occur in the region, but recently Hurricane Ida Heavy rains could occur this week throughout southern Louisiana, including the affected areas, “said Edwards.

The storm was expected to bring the heaviest rainfall to the west of where Hurricane Aida struck Louisiana two weeks ago. Forecasters didn’t expect Louisiana to be hit by strong winds again, but Yale climate-connected meteorologist Bob Henson said a hurricane knocked down a house, paralyzed electricity and water infrastructure, and killed at least 26 people. Predicted that rainfall could still afflict the area where it was.

“It could rain a few inches in southeastern Louisiana, where Aida struck,” Henson said in an email.

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (L) and President Joe Biden joined local leaders on the impact of Hurricane Ida at the St. John Parish Emergency Operations Center in Laplace, Louisiana, on September 3, 2021. Participate in the briefing of. (Ngan / AFP via Mandel Getty Images)

Throughout Louisiana, more than 110,000 customers were unpowered at the beginning of Monday, according to the utility tracking site

According to Donald Jones, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, Louisiana, storms can slowly move up the coast and cause torrential rains over several days.

“Heavy rain, flash floods seem to be the greatest threat across our region,” he said.

Lake Charles minimized the impact of Aida, but in 2020 there were multiple storms from Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, a winter storm in February, and a historic winter storm this spring. A flood has occurred.

“We are still a very tattered city,” said Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter.

He said cities, like all tropical systems, take the threat of storms seriously.

“Hope and prayer are not good game plans,” said Hunter.

In the Cameron Parish on the Louisiana coast, Scott Trahan is still repairing his home, which was damaged by last year’s hurricane roller, which put about two feet of water in his home. He hopes it will be over by Christmas. He said much of his area had moved instead of being rebuilt.

“If you hit your ass about four times, you won’t get up again. You’re going somewhere,” Trahan said.

Through Twitter, Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach said Nicholas was the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. Only four years from 1966, there were more than 14 named storms by September 12: 2005, 2011, 2012, 2020.

Associated Press