Now a tropical depression, Nicholas has made its way from East Texas to Louisiana, where it could dump several inches of rain on a state already recovering from a devastating hurricane.
Nicholas arrived in Louisiana Tuesday morning as a Category-1 hurricane. It was located near Sargent Beach, Texas. It moved slowly eastwards, gaining wind speeds and hugging the coast all day Tuesday.
Nicholas did cause some problems with the Texas power grid, as more than 100,000 customers are currently without power.
While Nicholas no longer packs the wind speeds it did when it first came ashore; the storm continues to pose a threat to Texans and Louisianans because of the heavy rainfall. Galveston, Texas received 14 inches of rain on Tuesday while Houston received 6 inches.
The National Weather Service predicts parts of Louisiana could get no less than 10 inches of rain the next few days.
Nicholas’s arrival in Louisiana is just weeks after Hurricane Ida, one of the most powerful storms in Louisiana history, hit. Ida caused destruction in Louisiana by flooding areas, destroying trees, and cutting out power supply to hundreds of thousands. About 80,000 state customers are still without power, even weeks later.
Entergy, the company that supplies electricity to Louisiana, says Ida did more damage to the power grid than any other hurricane in state history.