#AceNewsReport – Sept.14: President Joe Biden declared an emergency in Louisiana and ordered federal assistance to the state…..
#AceWeatherDesk says that Hurricane #Nicholas has brought heavy rain to Texas and Louisiana it strengthened from a tropical storm late on Monday, before reaching land at 00:30 (05:30 GMT)…….More than 280,000 power outages have already been reported in Texas, according to PowerOutage.us.
It comes just weeks after Hurricane Ida – the fifth strongest to ever hit the US mainland – killed dozens and left more than a million Louisiana residents without power.
Nicholas is carrying maximum sustained winds of 75mph (120km/h), weather officials said, and is expected to hit the Houston area with up to 18 inches of rain.
The US National Hurricane Centre warned that “life-threatening flash flooding impacts, especially in highly urbanised metropolitan areas, are possible”, and the National Weather Service called it a “life-threatening situation”.
“We want to make sure that no one is caught off guard by this storm,” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards told a news conference.
He warned that drainage systems still clogged from Ida could trigger flash floods.
More than 119,000 homes and businesses remain without power in Louisiana due to Ida, he added.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared states of emergency in 17 counties and three cities.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner warned of flooding and urged the city’s roughly 2.3 million residents to stay off streets and motorways.
“Take things seriously and prepare,” Mr Turner said at a news conference. “This is primarily a rain event and we don’t know how much rain we will be getting.”
Dozens of schools across the two states have been closed, and hundreds of flights have been cancelled or delayed at airports in the Texas cities of Corpus Christi and Houston.
LIVE: Hurricane Nicholas has made landfall in Texas | AccuWeather
Hurricane Nicholas made landfall around 12:30 a.m. CDT Tuesday morning on the eastern part of Matagorda Peninsula, about 10 miles west-southwest of Sargent Beach, Texas, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
“The storm continues to move north-northeast,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Thomas Geiger. Rapid water rises are possible where the heaviest rain occurs across Texas and Louisiana, and strong wind gusts will occur with some damage possible, mainly to trees and any unprotected weak or temporary structures. Flooding has already been reported in Freeport, Texas, while storm surge has been building on Surfside Beach, Texas.
On Monday, United States President Joe Biden declared an emergency in Louisiana and ordered Federal assistance due to Hurricane Nicholas, according to the White House. In August, Hurricane Ida caused extensive damage to parts of the state as it made landfall. Heavy rainfall and storm surge caused widespread flooding across Louisiana, and rain from Nicholas can easily renew the flooding this week. The President authorized coordination of all disaster relief efforts to alleviate hardship and suffering due to the emergency.
Already over 164,200 are experiencing power outages, according to poweroutage.us, across Texas and Louisiana as Hurricane Nicholas threatens to make landfall early on Tuesday morning, lashing the coast with heavy rain and high winds.
Nicholas is expected to take a hard right turn toward Louisiana after landfall in Texas, crossing the state from west to east as a tropical rainstorm. While AccuWeather forecasters aren’t expecting extreme winds to occur across most of Louisiana, the storm is forecast to slow down and drench the state with several inches of rain.
#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Sept.14: 2021:
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