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Tropical Storm Nicholas hits Texas, Louisiana: What to know

What to know about Tropical Storm Nicholas

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Tropical Storm Nicholas in the Gulf of Mexico.

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Nicholas in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021.

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Tropical Storm Nicholas will hit Texas and Louisiana this week, just weeks after Hurricane Ida battered the area.

Tropical Depression Nicholas continues to hit Louisiana

Wednesday, Sept. 15

Tropical Depression Nicholas will bring between 5 and 10 inches of rain to parts of Louisiana through Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

  • In a new prediction, the NHC said that Nicholas — which made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on Tuesday — will stall in Louisiana and bring heavy rainfall with it. The storm dwindled to a Tropical Storm and then, late Tuesday, into a Tropical Depression.
  • The depression will also bring winds up to 35 miles per hour, as well as massive gusts.

Per CNN, this is a sign that Tropical Depression Nicholas will continue to hurt the recovery efforts of Louisiana from Hurricane Ida.

  • The rainfall will likely hit areas “where the ground is already saturated and many areas are still recovering from previous storms,” according to Weather.com.

Nicholas became a hurricane before becoming a tropical storm again

Tuesday, Sept. 14

The storm Nicholas made landfall Tuesday morning on the Texas coast, hitting as a Category 1 hurricane, according to CNN. The storm brought heavy rain, massive winds and potential flooding to the coastline.

  • The storm is expected to bring 6 to 12 inches of rain across the coast of Texas.
  • So far, 360,000 people are already without power in the area.

The Natural Hurricane Center said the storm could “cause life-threatening flash floods across the deep South during the next couple of days,” according to CBS News.

Texas, Louisiana prepare for Tropical Storm Nicholas

Monday, Sept. 13

Per Weather.com, Tropical Storm Nicholas will hit the Texas and Louisiana coasts as early as Monday night.

  • The storm will bring major rainfall, flood threats and strong wind gusts.
  • “It’s already producing widespread showers and thunderstorms throughout a broad area of the western Gulf of Mexico right now,” according to Weather.com. “Some bands of rain from Nicholas have already spread into the Texas and Louisiana coasts.”

Tropical Storm Nicholas may become a hurricane

Monday, Sept. 13

There’s a slight chance. The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for Port Aransas in Freeport, Texas. The storm has hit a standstill in the Gulf of Mexico, which means it could gain strength as it heads toward the coast.

  • Hurricane watchers often suggest that hurricanes could develop within the next 48 hours, according to CNN.

Rain expected from Tropical Storm Nicholas

Monday, Sept. 13

Rainfall will stretch from Monday until Tuesday night, CNN reports. And that could bring almost an entire foot of rain.

  • “This brings 48 hour totals for some areas to 9 to 12 inches which could lead to significant flooding concerns, especially for urban areas like the Houston metro,” said the Weather Prediction Center.

Nicholas predicted to move North

It’s unclear. Experts said the storm will move forward with speed and shift to the north, which will determine the specific areas the storm will hit, according to NPR.