The governor reports that there are resources deployed in the Houston area and along the coast.
The tropical storm known as Hurricane Nicholas made landfall from the Texas coast on Tuesday, threatening up to 50 cubic centimeters of rain, apart from the Gulf Coast, including the same area that Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017 and Louisiana. He was lashed with the force of the storm. Likewise, this hurricane can cause life-threatening flooding in the Deep South.
According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Hurricane Nicholas landed on the Matagorda peninsula and can now be found approximately 50 km south-west of Houston (Texas), with winds greater than 110 kilometers per hour. Nicholas is also known for being the 14th named storm in the Atlantic Hurricane season in 2021.
This storm began moving north-west with a speed of 15 kilometers per hour, and specialists expected the center of Nicholas to move through southeast Texas on Tuesday and over southeast Louisiana on Wednesday. The big question about this famous storm was how much rain it could produce in the state of Texas, specifically in Houston, a city prone to flooding.
Warnings about a major tropical storm
Much of the state’s coast was on alert for a tropical storm, including severe flooding in the most urbanized areas. Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, reported that authorities placed rescue teams in Houston and along the entire coast.
On the other hand, Houston officials were concerned that the heavy rains expected Tuesday could flood from streets to homes. They also deployed rescue vehicles offshore throughout the city and set up barricades in more than 40 places prone to flooding, Mayor Sylvester Turner reported.
Turner said: “This city is very tough. We know what we have to do. We know how to prepare.” He also referred to four major floods that have hit the Houston area in recent years, including the devastating damage from Harvey.
Kent Prochazka, the meteorologist for the National Weather Service, reported early Tuesday morning that several trees fell across coastal counties and winds caused gas station lagoons to lose their canopies and cause lengthy power outages.
Power company Center Point Energy reported that more than 300,000 customers were without power after the storm passed through Houston, and the numbers are expected to rise.
Additionally, many school districts along the Gulf of Texas canceled classes Monday because of the approaching storm. The Houston school district is the largest in the state, and like others, it announced that classes were canceled Tuesday.