orecasters: Tropical Storm Nicholas forms in the Gulf of Mexico.
On Sunday, Tropical Storm Nicholas developed in the Gulf of Mexico, causing severe rain and flooding in Texas, Mexico, and Louisiana’s coastal regions.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for coastal Texas and the northeast coast of Mexico, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. also On Sunday through midweek, Nicholas is forecast to produce 5 to 10 inches (13 to 25 centimeters) of rain over parts of coastal Texas and southwest Louisiana, with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches.
Also, The storm was predicted to pour the most rain west of where Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana two weeks ago. Rainfall continues to afflict areas where the storm destroyed houses, crippled power,
and water systems, and also killed at least 26 people, according to Yale Climate Connections meteorologist Bob Henson.
In an email, Henson added, “There may be several inches of rain over southeast Louisiana, where Ida hit.”
According to the Louisiana Public Service Commission,
140,198 customers — or roughly 6.3 percent of the state — were still without power on Sunday morning.
According to meteorologist Donald Jones of the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, La., the storm is expected to travel slowly along the coast, dumping copious quantities of rain over many days.
In an email, he said, “Heavy rain and flash flooding appear to be the biggest threat across our region with Nicholas.”
According to him, the storm may drop as much as 15 to 25 inches (38 to 64 cm) of rain in isolated regions of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.
The storm was approximately 130 miles (205 kilometers) northeast of Veracruz, Mexico,
and 405 miles (650 kilometers) south-southeast of the Rio Grande River’s mouth at 11 a.m. EDT. It had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kilometers per hour), and was traveling north-northwest at 13 miles per hour (20 kph).
Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has put rescue squads and emergency medical organizations on standby throughout the Texas Gulf Coast.
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In a statement, Abbott said, “We will continue to closely monitor this storm, and take all necessary precautions to keep Texans safe.” “I urge Texans to heed local authorities’ advice,
and warnings, and to be aware of the possibility of severe rain and flooding.” Nicholas is the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season,
according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. Since 1966, only four years have had 14 or more named storms by September 12: 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2020.
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