Tropical Storm Nichols made landfall in southeastern Texas Tuesday morning as a Category 1 hurricane before causing widespread damage and power outages in the Houston area.
The storm displayed maximum sustained winds of 75 mph before weakening back into a tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center said in an advisory that several tropical storm warnings, hurricane warnings and hurricane watches were in place in Texas and Louisiana as of Tuesday morning.
According to poweroutage.us, which compiles outage data from various utility companies, more than 500,000 in Texas were left without power in the wake of the storm. Post-Nicholas photos shared on social media show fallen trees and debris on streets in the Houston area and Freeport, Texas.
Kenny Mercado, executive vice president of electric utilities at Centerpoint Energy, asked customers for patience as they wait for power to be restored because some areas of the company’s systems and equipment were difficult to access after the storm due to “safety issues.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday issued disaster declarations for several counties in anticipation of the storm, and tweeted Tuesday morning that the state has sent resources to affected areas to aid relief efforts.
Abbott’s tweet said, “Texas has deployed high-water boats, helicopters and high-profile vehicles to assist local authorities in their rescue efforts against floods and strong winds. Emergency shelters have been set up for those residents.” who may be displaced by #HurricaneNicholas.”
Tuesday morning’s advisory from the National Hurricane Center that “life-threatening” flash floods are expected in the deep south over the next few days. This includes Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
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