Hurricane Ida batters Louisiana as it makes landfall across US
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Tropical Storm Nicholas is bearing down on the Gulf Coast, bringing fierce winds and torrential rain to much of Texas and Louisiana. With forecasters predicting the storm to strengthen, residents have been warned to evacuate ahead of Nicholas making landfall.
Today the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana are bracing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Nicholas.
The second deadly storm in two weeks, Nicholas is expected to batter the region with life-threatening storm surge, flash flooding and gusty winds.
In the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) latest advisory, Tropical Storm Nicholas was churning with maximum sustained winds of 60mph.
Forecasters said the storm was moving erratically as it headed northward about 105 miles south of the southern coast of Texas.
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Nicholas is forecast to move ashore along the southern or central coast of Texas late on Monday afternoon or evening local time.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued storm surge, flood and tropical storm warnings and watches.
These last until at least Tuesday for the area which spans from the southern tip of Texas across the state’s Gulf coast and into Louisiana.
The NHC said: “This is a life-threatening situation.
“Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water.”
Tropical Storm Nicholas is the second storm in as many weeks to threaten the US Gulf Coast.
Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc in late August, killing more than two dozen people and as it devastated communities in Louisiana near New Orleans.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urged the city’s 2.3 million residents to stay at home starting on Monday evening.
Parts of the city were expected to get eight inches (20 cm) or even more rain, according to the forecast.
Mr Turner said during a news conference: “Take things seriously and prepare.
“This is primarily a rain event and we don’t know how much rain we will be getting.”
And residents are terrified of what’s to come after an already devastating storm season.
Valerie Williams of Luling, Louisiana, told The New York Times: “The neighbours and all of us, we’re feeling pretty anxious watching this other depression out there.
“We don’t need another one, we really don’t.”
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has declared another state of emergency for the state.
He said: “The most severe threat to Louisiana is in the Southwest portion of the state, where recovery from Hurricane Laura and the May flooding is ongoing.
“In this area, heavy rain and flash flooding are possible.”
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for
- Port Aransas Texas to Sabine Pass
- Galveston Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, and Matagorda Bay
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for
- Port Aransas to San Luis Pass Texas
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for
- Mouth of the Rio Grande to Sabine Pass
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for
- Baffin Bay to Port Aransas Texas
- Sabine Pass to Rutherford Beach Louisiana
- Corpus Christi Bay
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