POINTE-AUX-CHENES, Louisiana, U.S. (AP) – Residents of southern Louisiana, who had yet to recover from Hurricane Ida just a few weeks ago, braced for heavy rain Wednesday as Storm Nicholas it passed slowly over parts of the state after hitting Texas.
Nicholas made landfall on Tuesday as a hurricane over the Texas coast and dumped downpours, although it soon reverted to a tropical storm and then a tropical depression. But forecasters said Nicholas could remain over battered Louisiana and cause dangerous flooding in the heart of the American South for the next few days.
The state, which has yet to fully recover from the ravages of two Category 4 storms – Ida last week and Laura last year – received warnings about potential downpours from Nicholas with apprehension.
State Governor John Bel Edwards has warned people to expect flash floods and to take the storm seriously even if it is not a hurricane category.
“This is a very serious storm, especially in the areas heavily affected by Hurricane Ida,” Edwards said.
Galveston, Texas, recorded nearly 35 centimeters (14 inches) of rain from Nicholas, the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, while Houston recorded more than 15 centimeters (6 inches) of water. The New Orleans office of the National Weather Service said Tuesday night that some areas of Louisiana could receive up to 25 cm (10 inches) of rain, with point concentrations of between 5 and 8 cm (2 to 3 inches) of water. In an hour.
Santana reported from New Orleans. Associated Press reporters Kevin McGill in New Orleans and Juan A. Lozano in Surfside Beach, Texas contributed to this report.