This Tuesday, Hurricane Nicholas made landfall in Texas and Louisiana, bringing with it the threat of widespread flooding and power outages, as it swept the U.S. coast from the Gulf of mexico. It is the second major storm to threaten the region in recent weeks, after the Hurricane Ida kill more than 20 people in August in USA.
Nicholas was located about 30 kilometers northeast of Matagorda, Texas, as of 1:00 a.m. local time, and was heading northeast with maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center in a newsletter first thing on Tuesday.
The United States’s president, Joe Biden, declared an emergency for Louisiana and ordered federal assistance to supplement local efforts, announced the White House. “It will be a very slow moving storm across the state of Texas that will linger for several days and will drop a tremendous amount of rain,” said the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott.
Abbott declared a state of emergency in 17 counties and three cities, also adding that rescue teams by boat and helicopter were on alert. The mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, asked the about 2.3 million residents of the city to stay off streets and roads because of the danger of flooding, Reuters reported.
Hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed at the airports of Body of Christ and Houston. The National Metereological Service issued warnings and advisories for rising tides, floods and tropical storms throughout the region, calling it a “life-threatening situation.” “We want to make sure that this storm does not catch anyone off guard,” said Monday the governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards.