Hurricane Nicholas hits Texas bringing flash floods and destroying buildings as Lousiana declares state of emergency

HURRICANE Nicholas has made landfall bringing dangerous storm surges and widespread flooding across the Texas coast, reports say.

States such as Louisiana declared a state of emergency Sunday with torrential rains and 75mph gusts expected to batter the Gulf Coast.




Nicholas is currently moving in a north-northeast direction at a speed of 10mph as it prepares to wreak havoc on parts of Texas and Louisiana.

Between six and 12 inches of rain is expected to fall, but forecasters fear Nicholas could bring up to 18 inches of rain across parts of the upper Texas coastline.

Nicholas made landfall in Galveston 13 years to the day that Hurricane Ike hit the county in 2008.

Storm surges have breached flood defenses near Surfside Beach as pictures show floodwater surrounding buildings.

Heavy flooding has been reported in Freeport and strong winds are raking across Galveston.

Over 82,000 customers are said to be without power in southeast Texas while up to 100,000 are said to be affected in Houston.

Bosses at the National Hurricane Center warned of "life-threatening storm surge inundation" along the coast of Texas from Port Aransas to San Luis Pass.

The storm is expected to move out of southeastern Texas by Tuesday evening.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted on Sunday night that the state had already begun mobilizing resources due to the threats of heavy rains, winds, and potential floods posed by Nicholas.

"Heed warnings from local officials and be sure to avoid high water," he added.

Rainfall of between 5-10 inches is expected in southwest Louisiana.

Storm Nicholas comes as Louisiana is still reeling from the devastating Hurricane Ida, which struck two weeks ago and still leaves more than 100,000 homes and businesses without power.

The storm killed 26 people in the state and more than 45 others in the northeast. 

LOUISIANA BRACES FOR MORE DEVASTATION

On Sunday, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency and urged residents of the Pelican State to "take necessary measures to protect their home or business from additional harm."

Edwards added that the areas most impacted by Ida would likely feel the effects of Nicholas.

The National Weather Service in New Orleans, an area ravaged by Ida, said there was potential for coastal flooding of up to 3 feet above normal conditions. The weather service also said flash flooding was possible.

In Texas, several public school systems in Galveston and in the Houston area shut down for the day on Monday or planned early releases.

The Houston Independent School District tweeted that campuses and district offices will remain open,but said school officials will "continue to monitor the weather and share important updates on our district’s social media and website."

Texas A&M University-Kingsville has canceled all classes and the school's Corpus Christi campus has switched to remote learning for the day. 

ACTIVE HURRICANE SEASON

Nicholas comes as the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane season.

Since 1966, only four other years have had 14 named stormed by September 12. They are 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2020.

And there could be more in the days and weeks ahead, with the National Hurricane Center currently monitoring three other systems in the Atlantic.

Two of the systems have the chance of developing into tropical depressions later this week, NHC says.

The next names in the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season will be Odette and Peter.


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