In Flood-Ravaged Louisiana, Nicholas Threatens Further Damage
Tropical Storm Ida This week, Hurricane Nicholas dumped torrential rain across sections of Louisiana, raising the risk of significant flooding in an area still recovering from Hurricane Ida and battling to restore power to tens of millions of customers.
Meteorologists warned that the hurricane, which came ashore as a storm early Tuesday off the coast of Texas, could cause life-threatening ﬂooding in parts of the Southern States. The battery will dump three to six inches of precipitation on Louisiana, Mississippi, and the western Florida Northern parts through Friday.
In isolated pampas, up to 10 inches of rain may fall. The earth was already soaked when Nicholas arrived,” said Dennis Feltgen, a National Weather Center spokeswoman. “That’s a lot of water, and it’ll cause some life-threatening flash flooding, particularly in metropolitan areas.”
Heavy rain was anticipated, adding to the challenges faced by areas still recovering from Hurricane Ida, which made amphibious landing four hurricanes near New Orleans two weeks earlier.
Water flowed through tarpaulin on damaged buildings and into people’s homes as rain poured down on Houma, La., which had been hit by some of Hurricane Ida’s worst winds. Water accumulated as well, as drains were still clogged with debris from Hurricane Ida.
“It’s bad to see all of the debris of everyone’s belongings all over the place, and it is even worse to see that debris dripping wet,” said Jonathan Foret, founder and director of the South Louisiana Environmental Discovery Center and a Houma native. “It simply makes cleaning it all and attempting to put everything together that much more difficult.” According to the forecast, rain and wind authorities from across the South are bracing for another round of hazardous circumstances. In Mississippi, the state’s disaster response office advised citizens on how to flee to higher ground in the event of floods, highlighting the difficulties of a hurricane season extreme weather events.
As it moves eastward, Nicholas is anticipated to diminish, according to experts. According to the hurricane center, the storm will continue to bring severe gusts and heavy precipitation.
River flooding was also a possibility in regions of southern Mississippi and Louisiana, according to the center.
According to Poweroutage.us, a site that records and aggregates utility information, around 120,000 people in Texas have been without power since early Wednesday.
The Houston Law Enforcement advised citizens to stay at home because difficult circumstances, such as power lines and clogged roads, remained after the storm passed through the area with gusts of 40 miles per hour.