Tropical Depression Nichols is expected to bring heavy rain to much of Louisiana on Wednesday, increasing the risk of severe flooding in an area already affected by Hurricane Ida and still struggling to restore power to thousands of customers. Is.
Forecasters warned that the storm, which made landfall early Tuesday as a hurricane on the Texas Gulf Coast, could also cause deadly flash floods in parts of the Deep South, bringing five to 10 inches of rain down southern Louisiana, southern Mississippi. Is. Southern Alabama and western Florida panhandle through Friday.
The National Hurricane Center said up to 20 inches of rain is possible in isolated parts of those areas.
The forecast has prompted weather-weary officials across the South to prepare for another round of dangerous conditions.
In Baton Rouge, LA, Mayor Sharon Weston Broom shared on Twitter where residents can get sandbags to protect Nichols from rain, while also promoting how Components can get federal help For the devastation caused by a previous natural disaster.
In Mississippi, the state’s emergency management agency told residents how they could run on high ground Outlining the challenges of an intense hurricane season from climate change if flooding occurs.
“Take Nicholas’ threats very seriously,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Edwards said about 95,000 customers in the state were without power due to Hurricane Ida. Nichols had already added an additional 13,500 outages by Tuesday afternoon, he said, and efforts to restore power are likely to be set back because of the storm.
Forecasters said Nicolas is expected to weaken as it churns east. But according to the Hurricane Center, the storm will still produce strong winds and driving rain.
The center said river flooding is also possible in parts of southern Louisiana and Mississippi.
In Texas, about 120,000 customers were without electricity early Wednesday, according to poweroutage.us, a website that tracks and collects utilities reports.
Houston residents were told by the city police department to stay home because dangerous situationsPower lines and debris-laden roadways remained in place even after the storm hit the area with winds up to 40 mph.
Sergeant Galveston Police Department’s Derek Gaspard said the area was lucky to survive a “worst-case scenario” on Tuesday.
“Still,” he said in an interview on Tuesday night, “it was raining a lot.”