Hurricane Nicholas hits Texas coast, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and life-threatening storm surge – Impressive videos

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Nicholas made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane last night south of Houston – it’s slowly moving inland with Tropical Storm gust winds and prolific rainfall from SE TX into Louisiana. Picture via Twitter

Hurricane Nicholas made landfall along the Texas coast on Tuesday at 00:30 (05:30 GMT), bringing the threat of up to 20 inches of rainfall to parts of the Gulf Coast, including the same area hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and storm-battered Louisiana.

Now be ready! the freak storm is moving towards the Houston area:

Already more than 360,000 without power in the Houston area:

Nicholas touched down on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula, about 10 miles west southwest of Sargent Beach, Texas, with maximum winds of 75 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Nicholas was she 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

Only four other years since 1966 have had 14 or more named storms by Sept. 12: 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2020.

Meanwhile the hurricane has now weakened and has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

More than 360,000 power outages have been reported in Texas, while President Joe Biden declared an emergency in Louisiana.

It comes just weeks after Hurricane Ida – the fifth strongest to ever hit the US mainland – killed dozens and left more than a million Louisiana residents without power.

Nicholas is carrying maximum sustained winds of 70mph (110km/h), weather officials said, and is expected to hit the Texas coast and upper Louisiana with 5 to 10 inches of rain.

There could be rainfall of up to 20 inches across central to southern Louisiana, they said.

The US National Hurricane Centre said that Nicholas “has continued to move slowly inland and has weakened during the past few hours.

But it warned that “life-threatening flash flooding impacts, especially in highly urbanised metropolitan areas, are possible,” and the National Weather Service called it a “life-threatening situation.

We want to make sure that no one is caught off guard by this storm,” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards told a news conference.

He warned that drainage systems still clogged from Ida could trigger flash floods.

More than 119,000 homes and businesses remain without power in Louisiana due to Ida, he added.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared states of emergency in 17 counties and three cities.

The biggest unknown about Nicholas was how much rainfall it would produce in Texas, especially in flood-prone Houston area.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner warned of flooding and urged the city’s roughly 2.3 million residents to stay off streets and motorways.

Officials worried that heavy rain expected to arrive by Tuesday could inundate streets and flood homes. Authorities deployed high-water rescue vehicles throughout the city and erected barricades at more than 40 locations that tend to flood, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.

Take things seriously and prepare,” Mr Turner said at a news conference. “This is primarily a rain event and we don’t know how much rain we will be getting.

Dozens of schools across the two states have been closed, and hundreds of flights have been cancelled or delayed at airports in the Texas cities of Corpus Christi and Houston.

Nicholas brought rain to the same area of Texas that was hit hard by Harvey. That storm made landfall in the middle Texas coast then stalled for four days, dropping more than 60 inches of rain in parts of southeast Texas. Harvey was blamed for at least 68 deaths, including 36 in the Houston area. [BBC, NPR]

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  1. Well, that solves the fabricated man made drought issues. Notice how weather warfare is integrated into politics?

    Then we get a Biblical flood of lies from the media buttclowns, all day long. Been worse since propaganda was legalized/given the green light.

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