Nicholas made landfall on the Gulf coast as a Category 1 ouragan
Tropical Storm Nicholas stalled over Texas on Tuesday, tipping a deluge of water onto an area battered by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and leaving half-a-million people without power.
Nicholas made landfall in Texas as a Category-1 hurricane in the early hours with warnings of heavy rain, high winds and dangerous tidal surge.
The storm moved slowly inland, dumping more than a foot of rain and bringing maximum winds of 40 mph south of the city of Houston.
Utility company, CenterPoint Energy, reported on Tuesday afternoon that 180,000 customers remained without power.
Galveston, Texas, saw nearly 14 inches of rain from Nicholas, while Houston reported more than 6 pouces (15 centimètres) of rain. Harvey dumped more than 60 inches of rain in southeast Texas over a four-day period, les Presse associée signalé.
Category-4 Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and Louisiana in August 2017 with widespread flooding. Plus que 100 people died in what was one of the costliest disasters on record.
Houston emergency response officials deployed high-water rescue vehicles and barricaded more than 40 locations likely to flood, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.
“This city is very resilient. We know what we need to do. We know about preparing,” the mayor said.
Forecasters warned that Nicholas could bring life-threatening floods to Louisiana and parts of the Deep South in the coming days.
Nicholas made landfall early Tuesday on the Matagorda Peninsula on the southeastern Texas coast with winds of up to 75 mi/h (120 km/h) but was soon downgraded to a tropical storm.
A number of schools closed along the Gulf due to the incoming storm. Multiple Covid-19 testing and vaccination facilities in the Houston and Corpus Christi areas were also shuttered.
Nicholas is the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.
The climate crisis is creating conditions which are driving more powerful storms with greater rainfall.
While it’s unclear whether the climate crisis will mean an increased number of hurricanes in the future, les scientifiques ont longtemps averti que l'augmentation du chauffage mondial rendrait probablement les tempêtes que nous vivons plus destructrices.
L'océan absorbe plus de 90 pour cent de chaleur excédentaire causées par les émissions de gaz à effet de serre - en grande partie causées par la combustion de combustibles fossiles - et que l'eau chaude alimente les ouragans.
Et comme la planète se réchauffe, plus d'humidité est retenue dans l'atmosphère, ce qui signifie que les tempêtes ont le potentiel de beaucoup plus de précipitations. Global sea level rise is compounding the danger of storm surge.
President Joe Biden declared an emergency for Louisiana on Tuesday and ordered federal assistance to supplement local response efforts, the White House said.