Tropical storm Nicholas slows, experts fear it will join two other weather systems

Houston.- The tropical storm Nicholas slowed over the Houston area Tuesday after making landfall earlier as a hurricane, that left half a million homes and businesses without power and dumped more than 12 inches of rain along the shoreline. same area flooded by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

The concern of Nicholas It will be the slowness with which it moves. Storms are moving more slowly in recent decades and Nicholas could get stuck among others two weather systemssaid hurricane researcher Jim Kossin of The Climate Service.

Nicholas is the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, the meteor could potentially stagnate in Louisiana battered by the storm and could trigger life-threatening flooding in the Deep South in the coming days, forecasters said.

Nicholas It made landfall early Tuesday in the eastern part of the Matagorda peninsula and was soon downgraded to a tropical storm. It was about 10 miles (15 kilometers) southeast of Houston, Texas, with maximum winds of 45 mph (75 kph) at 10 a.m. CDT Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center at Miami.

Galveston saw nearly 14 inches (35 centimeters) of rain from Nicholas, the fourteenth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, while Houston reported more than 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain. That’s a fraction of what fell during Harvey, which dumped more than 60 inches (152 centimeters) of rain in southeastern Texas over a period of four days.

National Hurricane Center. Photo: Capture

Nicholas moves so slowly that it will dump several inches of rain as it crawls over Texas and southern Louisiana, forecasters said. This includes areas that were already hit by Hurricane Ida and devastated last year by Hurricane Laura.

Parts of Louisiana they are saturated with nowhere for the extra water to go, so it will flood, said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy.

“He’s stuck in a weak management environment,” McNoldy said Tuesday. So while the storm itself may weaken, ‚Äúthat won’t stop the rain from happening. Whether it’s a tropical storm, a tropical depression, or a post-tropical spot, it’s still going to rain a lot and that’s not very good for that area. “

The storm was moving north-northeast at 6 mph (9 kph) and the center of Nicholas move slowly over the southeast of Texas on Tuesday and over southwestern Louisiana on Wednesday.

Nicholas, which is expected to weaken into a tropical depression Tuesday night, could dump up to 20 inches (51 centimeters) of rain in parts of southern Louisiana.

Forecasters said southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle could also see heavy rain.

Great part of Texas coast it was under a tropical storm warning that included potential flash floods and urban flooding. The Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, said authorities placed rescue teams and resources in the area of Houston and along the coast.

In houston, officials were concerned that heavy rains could flood streets and flood homes. Authorities deployed offshore rescue vehicles throughout the city and erected barricades at more than 40 places that tend to flood, Mayor Sylvester Turner said Monday.

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