Tropical Storm Nicholas slowed over Houston on Tuesday after crashing on the Texas Gulf Coast as a Category 1 hurricane and cutting power to more than half a million residents. The National Hurricane Center said the storm could yet produce “life-threatening flash floods” in the Deep South in the coming days.
Nicholas, the 14th named storm of this year’s hurricane season, dumped more than nine inches of rain in Houston – and some areas could end up with more than double that amount. More than six million people are on flash flood alert from southeast Texas to the Florida panhandle.
In 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit the same area with a record 60 inches of rain. Louisiana is also recovering from Hurricane Ida two weeks ago. “One of the most distressing aspects is that the heaviest rains are now expected to fall in the areas most devastated by Hurricane Ida,” Governor John Bel Edwards said on Tuesday.