Friday, September 17, 2021

Tropical Storm Nicolas threatens Gulf Coast with heavy rain

Houston—Tropical Storm Nicholas strengthened just off the Gulf Coast and could blow ashore as a hurricane in Texas on Monday as it brought heavy rain and flooding from Mexico to hurricane-hit Louisiana in coastal areas.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said peak sustained winds reached 60 mph (95 kph). It was traveling to the north-northwest at 5 mph (7 kph) on the forecast track to pass near the south Texas coast later Monday, then along the south or central Texas coast by Monday evening. went to the shore.

Several schools in the Houston and Galveston area were closed on Monday due to the oncoming storm.

As of Monday morning, Nicolas was centered about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of the mouth of the Rio Grande River and 210 miles (325 kilometers) south of Port O’Connor, Texas.

The National Hurricane Center said that as of 7 a.m., the storm was “accidentally moving” near the northeast coast of Mexico.

A Hurricane Watch was issued from Port Aransas to Freeport, Texas. Much of the state’s coastline was under a Tropical Storm Warning as the system was expected to bring heavy rain that could cause flash floods and urban flooding.

Total rainfall of 8 to 16 inches (20 to 40 cm) was expected over the central and upper Texas coast, with a possible maximum of 20 inches (50 cm). In the coming days, 5 to 10 inches (12.5 to 25 cm) of rain is expected over Texas and other parts of southwest Louisiana.

Greg Abbott of Texas Gov. said the state has placed rescue teams and resources in the Houston area and along the Texas Gulf Coast.

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Greg Abbott of Texas Gov. talks about Senate Bill 1, also known as the Election Integrity Bill, in Tyler, Texas, September 7, 2021. (Marina Fatina/NTD)

“This is a storm that could leave heavy rain, as well as wind and perhaps flooding in various areas along the Gulf Coast. We urge you to listen to local weather alerts, heed local warnings,” Abbott said in a video message said in.

Nichols is heading to the same area of ​​Texas that was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. That storm hit the central Texas coast and then lingered for four days, bringing more than 60 inches (152 cm) of rain to parts of southeast Texas. . Harvey was to blame for at least 68 deaths.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Sunday night ahead of Hurricane Ida and last year’s Hurricane Laura and a state that was reeling from historic floods.

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“The most severe threat to Louisiana is in the southwest part of the state, where recovery from Hurricane Laura and May’s flooding continues. Heavy rain and flash floods are expected in the region. However, it is also likely this week.” Heavy rain will occur throughout South Louisiana, including the areas most recently affected by Hurricane Ida,” Edwards said.

The storm was expected to bring the heaviest rainfall west, where Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana two weeks ago. Although forecasters did not expect Louisiana to suffer from strong winds again, Yale Climate Connections meteorologist Bob Henson predicted that rain could still affect places where the storm knocked down homes, lightning. and crippled water infrastructure, and killed at least 26 people.

“Several inches of rain could fall in southeast Louisiana, where Ida struck,” Henson said in an email.

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (L) and President Joe Biden
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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (L) and President Joe Biden attend a briefing with local leaders on the impact of Hurricane Ida at St. John’s Parish Emergency Operations Center on September 3, 2021 in Laplace, LA. (Nagan / AFP via Mandal Getty Images)

In Louisiana, more than 110,000 customers were without power early Monday, according to utility tracking site poweroutage.us.

National Weather Service meteorologist Donald Jones in Lake Charles, Louisiana, said the storm is forecast to move slowly toward the coast and could bring several days of torrential rain.

“Heavy rains, flash floods seem to be the biggest threat in our region,” he said.

While Lake Charles received minimal impact from Ida, the city saw several wallabies in 2020 from Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, a winter storm in February as well as historic flooding this spring.

“We are still a very battered city,” said Lake Charles Mayor Nick Hunter.

He said the city is taking the hurricane threat as seriously as it does all tropical systems.

“Hope and prayer is not a good game plan,” Hunter said.

In Cameron Parish in coastal Louisiana, Scott Trahan is still repairing his home damaged by last year’s Hurricane Laura, which poured nearly 2 feet of water into his home. He hopes to be finished by Christmas. He said many in his area have moved instead of rebuilt.

“If you hit your butt about four times, you’re not going to get up again. You’re going to go somewhere else,” Trahan said.

Hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University said via Twitter that Nicholas is the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. Only 4 other years since 1966 have had 14 or more named storms as of Sept. 12: 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2020.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Tropical Storm Nicolas threatens Gulf Coast with heavy rain
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