Nicholas floods the US Gulf Coast with heavy rain and flooding


Nicholas floods the US Gulf Coast with torrential rain and flooding

Tropical Storm Nicholas moved slowly across the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, inundating Texas and Louisiana with torrential rain, flooding streets.

The damage comes from Nicholas just two weeks after Hurricane Ida.

More than 80 people in at least eight US states and devastated communities on the Louisiana coast near New Orleans.

No deaths have been reported from Nicholas, who weakened to a tropical depression Tuesday evening.

Nicholas moved out of the Houston area and east toward Louisiana with maximum winds of 35 mph around 7 p.m. The National Hurricane Center said in its Central Time bulletin (0000 GMT).

The storm, moving at 6 miles per hour, was expected to move to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida.

 We have as many resources as possible to respond to the expected heavy rain, the potential for flash floods, and river flooding across central and southern Louisiana. I urge everyone to prepare," Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said on Twitter.

By the late afternoon, more than 94,000 customers in Louisiana and 186,000 in Texas were without power.

Galveston County spokesman Tyler Drummond said officials were assessing the damage, but there were no reports of injuries. "I think what we'll find is a lot of damage to the surface from high winds," he said.

In Clear Lake Shores, a community of 1,000 people about 25 miles north of Galveston, footage on local KHOU-TV showed kayakers paddling along flooded streets, surveying the damage to the businesses.

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