The National Hurricane Center said Nichols weakened into a tropical storm shortly after making landfall in south central Texas early Tuesday, bringing heavy rain, tornadoes and winds that knocked out power to hundreds of homes and businesses as it passed through the area. .
PowerOutage.us, a website that monitors the US power grid and utilities, reported that 515,000 customers lost power early Tuesday as the storm moved through south-central Texas.
In a statement on its website, local utility Centerpoint Energy said it is assessing the damage and is already working to restore power in some areas. The utility supplies electricity to approximately 1.4 million customers in the Houston area.
At last reported, the storm has sustained winds of about 95 kmph, making it a strong tropical storm. It continues to produce heavy rain, falling anywhere from 12 to 24 centimeters as it moves northeastward outside Houston into the neighboring state of Louisiana later in the day.
Louisiana continues to recover from Hurricane Ida that struck two weeks ago. There is a possibility of 15 to 30 cm of rain in this area of Nicholas.
Forecasters say “a tornado or two” is also likely along the upper Texas and southwest Louisiana coast by Tuesday morning.
In 2017, Hurricane Harvey ravaged the flood-hit city of Houston, dropping 152 centimeters of rain in four days.
Some information for this report has been obtained from The Associated Press.