Live Updates: Nicholas brings flooding threat to Texas and Louisiana

Tropical Storm Nicholas slowed over Houston on Tuesday after crashing into the Texas Gulf Coast as a category 1 hurricane and knocking out power to more than half a million residents. The National Hurricane Center said the storm could still produce “life-threatening flash floods” across the Deep South in the coming days.

Nicholas, the 14th named storm of this year’s hurricane season, dumped more than nine inches of rain in Houston — and some areas could end up with more than twice that amount. More than six million people are under flash flood alerts from southeast Texas to the Florida Panhandle.

In 2017, Hurricane Harvey slammed the same area with a record 60 inches of rain. Louisiana is also recovering from Hurricane Ida’s landfall two weeks ago. “One of the most distressing parts of this is the heaviest rain now is expected to fall in the areas that were most devastated by hurricane Ida,” Governor John Bel Edwards said Tuesday.

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A resident surveys the damage from Hurricane Nicholas in San Luis Pass, Texas, on September 14, 2021. David J. Phillip / AP