SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicholas slowed to a crawl over southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana after blowing ashore as a hurricane, knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses.
According to the National Hurricane Center the storm hit the Matagorda Peninsula in the eastern part on Tuesday. It was then downgraded quickly to a tropical storm.
It’s pouring down rain in Louisiana, which is still recovering after Hurricane Ida. Nearly 100,000 people are still without power in the state, according to PowerOutage.us. The National Weather Service New Orleans says Nicholas could dump an additional 10 inches of rain through Thursday.
Houston was also affected by the storm. CenterPoint, the Texas provider of electricity, stated that some customers may not have power for as long as five days because of Nicholas’s damage.
#Houston-area electric customers: Due to the extensive damage caused by #Nicholas, some customers may experience 4-5 day outages; we anticipate the majority of customers will be restored earlier. Please make preparations for extended outages just in case: https://t.co/oxiKsS2uA1 pic.twitter.com/ganYNcuceS
— CenterPoint Energy Alerts (@CNPalerts) September 14, 2021
The storm still has the potential for life-threatening flash floods across the Deep South, according to the National Hurricane Center.