Although Nichols doesn’t pack strong winds when Ida made US landfall on Aug. 29, it is a slow-moving rainmaker that could generate up to 20 inches of precipitation over the next few days.
Dangerous conditions still exist in Houston, city officials have warned.
“The power outage means that some street lights and traffic signals are off and power lines on the road may be damaged and it may be difficult to see in the dark,” officials said in a news release.
In Louisiana, forecasters predicted that some areas would receive 2 to 3 inches of rain an hour on Wednesday.
According to Granthshala meteorologist Taylor Ward, the storm will draw significant moisture from the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday.
Rain totals of 5 to 10 inches — and up to 20 inches in some places — are expected in locations from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle as early as Friday.
More than 6.2 million people are subject to flash flood watches that extend from Texas to the Florida Panhandle. According to the National Weather Service, more than 700,000 of them are in the New Orleans area.
The center of the storm, which made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane early Tuesday, slowed and is expected to stop in Louisiana where it will dissipate.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Hurricane Ida is expected to drop some of its heaviest rain in the affected areas.
“I suspect that some of these homes and businesses that have started receiving electricity again after Hurricane Ida may lose it to Nichols, because all those electric companies have yet to fully complete their systems. Redundancy and resilience have not been restored, the governor warned at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Texas man tries to keep shop open
Nichols’ core first hit 75 mph Tuesday at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET, about 10 miles west-southwest of Sargent Beach, Texas, near the eastern side of the Matagorda Peninsula.
Among them was Bart Stanley, whose family has owned Stanley’s General Store in Matagorda, Texas, since 1964. The storm also ripped through the gas station portion of the store, causing the most damage at the time.
He told Granthshala that Stanley didn’t know the extent of the damage nearby, but he heard from customers that apart from fallen trees and a lack of power, the homes were still intact.
“I came here to open my store so people can get coffee and gas and whatever they need, because there’s no other place 30 miles away,” he said.
Surfside Beach Police Chief Robert Wood told the station that the department did not take any calls to EMS. “You know, apart from the flood and the gloom, it’s not as bad as it could be,” he said.
But with no utilities, Surfside Beach is closed to visitors for now.
Threats to Louisiana recovery efforts
“I’m in so much shock right now because I’m scared. We’ve been through a hell of a lot,” Baughman told WVUE.
She said she had applied for a blue tarp, but didn’t get it.
“It’s very dangerous, and it’s very scary, and if another storm hits this house, it’s not going to make it,” she said.
Prior to the storm, the Louisiana National Guard staged 80 high water vehicles, 23 boats and 15 aircraft in the southwest and central parts of the state, Edwards said Monday.
Granthshala’s Alisha Ibrahimji, Deanna Hackney, Karma Hassan, Dave Heinen, Gregory Lemos, Raja Rezek, Rebekah Rees and Amy Simonson contributed to this report.
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