Type 1 Nicholas made landfall off the coast of Texas early Tuesday morning, with 20 inches of rain expected. And possible flooding In various parts of the Gulf of Mexico.
The system is moving 10 miles (17 km / h) in a northeasterly direction and the movement is expected to continue through tonight, followed by a return to the northeast and a slower movement after this Tuesday.
Along the planned route, the Nicholas Center is expected to move slowly today and tonight in southeastern Texas and Wednesday in southwest Louisiana.
Weakness is expected over the next two days when moving on land.
The NHC warned of the risk of flash floods Areas of Texas and LouisianaArea affected by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
Albert Martinez, University Meteorologist, Commented that the rain bands would create “severe storms with hurricanes”.
For his part, Goston Heridia, Univision Notices Meteorologist at 45 HoustonHe explained: “Nicholas is expected to create a major rain event from Monday night to Wednesday. Floods are likely to come,” he said. With great caution this week”.
The city of Houston, the largest in Texas and the third largest in the country, is prone to flooding. The main concern is rain Occurs in the first hour after Nicholas coast.
Authorities parked high-water rescue vehicles across the city and blocked more than 40 flood-prone areas, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.
“This city is very flexible. We know what to do. We know about readiness,” Turner said, referring to four major flood events in the Houston area in recent years, including the devastating damage caused by Harvey, which further flooded more than 150,000 homes in the Houston area.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalko, of Houston, explained that she maintains close contact with Governor Abbott to attend the first emergency.
Many Houston and Galveston area schools were closed Monday due to the storm. The Houston School District is the largest in the state and the seventh largest in the United States. Announced on Twitter Classes will be suspended until Tuesday.
When Nicholas approaches the same part of Texas Who was severely affected by Harvey, It caused 68 deaths – 36 of them in the Houston area – with experts consulted by the AP commenting that the damage is expected to be minimal.
Brian McNaldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami, said he expects Nicholas to be “small in all respects.”
Nicholas’ concern is how slow he moves. Storms have been moving very slowly in recent decades, and Nicholas could get stuck between the other two weather systems, he said. Hurricane researcher Jim Cosin, Climate Service.
Emergency in Louisiana
Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards declared a state of emergency Sunday night. The announcement comes as the government recovers from last year’s hurricane Ida and Hurricane Laura.
“The most serious threat to Louisiana is in the southwestern part of the state, Recovery from Hurricane Laura continuesEdwards said.
The storm was expected to bring the heaviest rainfall to the west of the region where Ida passed through Louisiana.
Although Lake Charles received less impact from Idaho, the city was severely affected by Hurricane Laura and Delta in 2020. Historic winter storm in February And unprecedented flooding this spring.
Nicholas the 14th storm, strong enough to get a name, Explained on his Twitter account Phil Clotsbach, hurricane researcher at Colorado State University. Since 1966, there have been 14 or more named storms in the other four years alone, between September 12: 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2020.
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