Now a tropical depression, Nicholas has made its way from eastern Texas into Louisiana, where it could dump several inches of rain on a state already recovering from a devastating hurricane.
Nicholas, a Category 1 hurricane close to Sargent Beach in Texas, made landfall Tuesday morning. It remained close to the shoreline all day Tuesday, losing wind speeds and slowly moving eastward.
Nicholas did cause some problems with Texas’s power grid, as more than 100,000 customers are currently without power.
While Nicholas doesn’t pack the same wind speeds as when it first arrived on land, the storm continues its threat to Texans. This is due to heavy rainfall. Galveston saw 14 inches of rainfall on Tuesday. Houston, Texas got 6 inches.
The National Weather Service predicts that parts of Louisiana could get as many as 10 inches of rain in the coming days.
Nicholas’ arrival in Louisiana comes just weeks after one of the strongest storms in the history of the state — Hurricane Ida — reached its shores. Ida destroyed the state, downing trees and flooding areas. It knocked out power to hundreds, if not thousands, of people. About 80,000 people in the state remain without power even after weeks.
Entergy, the company that provides electricity to Louisiana, says Ida did more damage to the power grid than any other hurricane in state history.