Nicholas made landfall on the Texas Gulf Shore early Tuesday morning as a Category 1 hurricane, and the National Hurricane Center says parts of the region could see “significant” rainfall in the coming days.
Nicholas made landfall 10 miles southwest off Sargent Beach in Texas at 12:02 a.m. Nicholas has been upgraded to a strong tropical hurricane with sustained winds of 70 mph in the hours following landfall.
Already, the system has rained heavy rains on the Texas Gulf Coast. The NHC warns that more could come in the next few days. The storm is expected to hug the coastline and move eastward, dumping as much as 10 to 15 inches of rain between Houston and New Orleans.
According to NHC, the heavy rains could lead to “life-threatening flash floods and urban flooding” along Louisiana’s eastern coast.
Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday issued a disaster declaration in 17 countries in Texas for the next three days in advance of Nicholas, a move that will expedite state and federal funding for rescue and relief efforts.
The area will continue to be affected by yet another major hurricane as Nicholas moves eastward into Louisiana. Just weeks ago, the state was hit by a major hurricane in Ida that destroyed its power grid. Many of the people who fled the state before Ida hit are still not able to return home.