United States.- This Sunday the tropical storm Nicholas advances through the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to strengthen on its way to the shores of Texas and Louisiana in the United States, and northwestern Mexico, forecasting heavy rains that will cause flooding.
Over Tropical Storm Nicholas, the United States National Hurricane Center forecast 5-10 inch (13-15 centimeter) rains in coastal areas of Texas and Louisiana from Sunday into the week.
It also indicated that in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, rainfall of between 5 and 13 centimeters (2 to 5 inches) is forecast between Sunday and Monday.
At 4:00 p.m. ET, the eye of the storm is forecast to pass near the shores of the northeast of Mexico and south Texas on Monday, and it will hit south or central Texas on Monday night or early Tuesday.
The storm comes about two weeks after Hurricane Ida, which struck Louisiana, killing at least 26 people, destroying homes and leaving thousands of people without water or power. As of Sunday morning in Louisiana, some 140,198 people – 6.3% of the population – were still without power, according to the state Public Utilities Commission.
Bob Henson, a meteorologist at Yale Climate Connections, said in an email that the heaviest rains will occur in southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana, where precipitation could reach 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 centimeters).
“There could be heavy downpours in southeastern Louisiana where Hurricane Ida impacted,” Henson said.
For his part, the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, ordered to keep the necessary resources available along the coast. “We will continue to closely monitor this storm and take all necessary precautions,” the governor said in a statement.
“I ask Texans to follow instructions and warnings from local authorities and to watch out for heavy rain and flooding,” he added.
The storm is likely to move up the coast and dump heavy rain for several days, said meteorologist Donald Jones of the National Metereological Service in Lake Charles, Louisiana. “The biggest threats to Nicholas are heavy rain and flooding throughout the region,” Jones said.
At 2 p.m. the storm was located about 285 kilometers (180 miles) northeast of Veracruz, Mexico, and 500 kilometers (310 miles) south-southeast of the mouth of the Rio Grande.
Its maximum sustained winds were 65 kilometers per hour (40 miles) and it was heading north-northwest at 24 km / h (15 mph).
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Phil Klotzbach, a hurricane expert at Colorado State University, noted on Twitter that Nicholas is the 14th named storm of the Atlantic season. Only four other years since 1966 have had 14 or more named storms as of September 12: 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2020.