- A tornado warning was issued for parts of southern Louisiana early Wednesday.
- Nichols was downgraded to a tropical depression.
- 10 inches more rain may occur in some areas.
More than 100,000 Texas homes and businesses were out of power for the second day on Wednesday The remnants of Hurricane Nicholas slid Across the Gulf Coast from the Lone Star State into Louisiana, less than three weeks ago the outbreak of Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc in an area still staggering.
Nichols, downgraded to a tropical depression with sustained winds of 30 mph, centered about 60 miles west of Lake Charles, Louisiana, early Tuesday. The storm was moving to the east at just 3 mph.
“Just because #Nicolas is a tropical storm and not a hurricane doesn’t mean we should take it lightly,” Governor John Bel Edwards tweeted late Tuesday. “This storm is likely to cause flash floods and river floods across the state. Take this storm seriously and keep yourself in a safe weather condition.”
About 80,000 utility customers remained without electricity in Louisiana, where lights went out for more than 1 million homes and businesses during Ida’s peak fury.
In Pointe-aux-Chennes, 70 miles southwest of Louisiana, Ida tore down the tin roof from Terry and Patti Dardar’s home, leaving them without electricity and water. Nicholas’ rain has now dampened the top floor of their house – but it has also depleted his family of water collected in the jug. He poured water through a sieve into a large plastic container, and a pump driven by a generator brought the water in.
Patti Dardar said, “We haven’t got any other place.” “this is our house.”
The National Weather Center warned that Nicholls, which had already received more than a foot of rain in parts of Texas and several inches of rain in areas of Louisiana, could drop another 3 in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the central Gulf Coast. 6 inches was expected to be generated. Through the Florida Panhandle Friday, 10 more inches are possible in some areas with varying totals.
“The effects of life-threatening flooding are possible in these areas, especially in urban areas,” said National Weather Service warning coordinating meteorologist Alex Lammers.
Nichols hits the Texas coast, but weakens in strength: ‘Life-threatening’ flash floods likely across South
A tornado warning was issued for parts of southern Louisiana early Wednesday. The storm was forecast to gradually dissipate over central Louisiana on Thursday.
Hurricane Nicolas made landfall along the Matagorda peninsula early Tuesday, accompanied by torrential rain and thunderstorms. Cleanup was in full swing in Texas, where parts of the Galveston area received more than 14 inches of rain. Houston was hit with 6 inches, and the city set up cooling and phone charging centers in areas where power outages occurred.
Earlier, first responders joined members of the National Guard in rescuing people from flooded homes.
“Texas is Rapidly deployed water boats, helicopters and high profile vehicles “Emergency shelters have been set up for residents who may be displaced.”
Contribution: The Associated Press