Jo Biden Approves Louisiana Emergency Declaration Against Threat of Tropical Storm Nicholas

Louisiana.- President Joe Biden declared that there is a emergency in the state of Louisiana and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts due to damages caused by the tropical storm Nicholas which started on September 12, 2021 and continues.

This Emergency Declaration The President authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.

The Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, declared the state of emergency Sunday night, before the arrival of the storm to a state that is still recovering from last year’s Hurricane Ida and Hurricane Laura and historic flooding.

Storm was moving northeast at 8 mph (13 kph) and the center of Nicholas moved slowly over southeastern Texas on Tuesday and over southwestern Louisiana on Wednesday.

Nicholas, expected to weaken into a tropical depression by Wednesday, could dump up to 20 inches (51 centimeters) of rain in parts of central and southern Louisiana.

NWS Lake Charles. Photo: Captura

Meteorologist Kent Prochazka of the National Weather Service told The Associated Press early Tuesday that Nicholas winds downed trees in coastal counties and caused some gas stations to lose awnings.

A tornado or two may be possible Tuesday along the Upper Texas Coast and Southwest Louisiana, according to the weather service.

It was expected that Storm brought the heaviest rains west of where Ida crashed into Louisiana two weeks ago. Ida has been blamed for 86 deaths across the United States.

Throughout LouisianaSome 95,000 customers were without power Tuesday morning, according to utility tracking site poweroutage.us.

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