USA: Hurricane Nicholas hit the Gulf of Mexico coast, torrential rain caused flooding, power outages

Tropical Storm Nicholas caused damage just two weeks after Hurricane Ida raged, killing more than 80 people in eight US states and devastating coastal areas of Louisiana near the city of New Orleans.

No deaths have been reported since Hurricane Nicholas made landfall along the Gulf of Mexico coast in Texas early on September 14 (local time) with winds of 121 km/h. .

Hurricane Nicholas swept through the Houston city area at about 1 p.m. on the same day in an east-northeast direction with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h, the US National Hurricane Center said in a news release.

The storm is expected to turn east later in the day, entering Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida on September 16.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced on Twitter: “It is vital that we prepare as much of our resources as possible to respond to forecasted heavy rain, potential flash flooding and flooding in Central and Southern Louisiana. I urge everyone to get ready“.

By noon on September 13, more than 94,000 customers in Louisiana and 422,000 households in Texas were without power. More than 288,000 customers in Houston, Texas’ most populous city, are without electricity.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency in 17 counties and three cities in the state, ordering rescue crews with boats and helicopters on standby and ready to respond.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said there were no reported hurricane injuries or deaths in the city. Currently, the functional forces are clearing debris and restoring the power supply.

The Houston Independent School District (the largest public school system in the state of Texas) and dozens of schools across Texas and Louisiana have suspended classes. The city of Houston resumed bus and train services on September 14. Hundreds of flights have been canceled or delayed at airports in Corpus Christi and Houston.

US President Joe Biden declared a hurricane emergency for Louisiana and ordered federal assistance for residents affected by Hurricane Nicholas.

Previously, Hurricane Ida caused significant damage to refining capacity in the Gulf of Mexico coast in early September. Texas refineries have been operating since the beginning of September 14.

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Hurricane Nicholas caused flooding, power outages and damage in the US (Image: AP)

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