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 —  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.

The same area was slammed by Hurricane Harvey with a record 60 inches of rain in 2017. Louisiana is also still recovering from Hurricane Ida’s landfall two weeks ago. President Biden approved emergency aid to help with recovery efforts in the state. 

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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