Photos from Tropical Storm Nicholas destroyed buildings and caused major floods after making landfall in Texas. The storm is also going to target Louisiana, which has declared a state of emergency. The state of Louisiana is in particularly rough condition after recovering from hurricane Ida.
The storm is expected to batter coastal cities throughout the rest of the day. It originated off the gulf coast earlier this week and traveled north quickly. It was given hurricane status last night and has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, with wind gusts reaching 70-75mph according to the national hurricane center.
This video, posted by Reuters, shows a gas station take a major hint due to the strong winds. You can also see a ton of photos from the storm here.
In a shocking side by side, you can see a pier in Kemah totally leveled by Tropical storm Nicholas.
Forecasters are expecting anything from 6-12 inches of rain in coastal cities. Unfortunately, however, there’s a possibility it could be worse. Some forecasters fear the upper part of the Texas coastline could see as much as 18 inches of rain.
Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center warned those along the coast of “life-threatening storm surge inundation” along the coast of texas from Port Aransas to San Luis Pass.
Unfortunately, the latest update shows that this hurricane is far from over:
“Nicholas Moving Slowly East-Northeastward Across Southern Portions of the Houston Metropolitan Area. Life-Threatening Flash Floods Expected Across Portions of The Deep South During the Next Couple of Days,” a Tweet from the national hurricane center says. The center is also monitoring two systems in the Atlantic that could potentially form soon.
There’s been extensive damage to homes and businesses, with lots of gas stations taking a big hit. Freeport is seeing some heavy flooding while Galveston battles strong winds. Ida’s landfall happened on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Nicholas’s landfall happened on the anniversary of Hurricane Ike, which devastated Galveston.
Tropical Storm Nicholas Causes Thousands to Go Without Power
Houston, meanwhile, is suffering an extensive loss in power, with over 400,000 people affected by the outages. Southeast Texas, meanwhile, has also seen some power outages, with 82,000 customers losing power.
Houston has canceled over 300 flights and schools are shut down as the city battles the storm 4 years after Hurricane Harvey devastated the city.
After the loss of power, the National Weather Service released an important tweet about how to stay safe.
“Even after the storm passes, power outages have their own set of hazards. Be especially careful with generators. To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, never use them inside or in garages. Use flashlights, not candles, to avoid risk of fire,” the Twitter account for the service said in a post.