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Nicholas makes landfall as a hurricane, flooding parts of Texas

Hurricane Nicolas made landfall over the Texas Gulf Coast early Tuesday morning, landing ashore in Category 1 hurricane force winds before being downgraded to a tropical storm.

Nicholas could “cause potentially fatal flash floods in the Deep South over the next few days,” according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to move slowly northeast, deeper into Texas later Tuesday and further east Wednesday, over Louisiana.

More than seven inches of rain fell in the Houston area, causing flooding on the roads. Strong winds have knocked down several trees and as of Tuesday morning more than 300,000 people are without electricity.

An hour south of Houston, visibility across the Freeport area was near zero as heavy rain and storm surges blanketed the roads. Even before the storm hit land, Nicholas was bombarding the coast with wind gusts of over 70 mph.

The slow storm was to spend the morning in Texas, then move to Louisiana.

The governors of Texas and Louisiana have already asked the president for disaster assistance. The same area was affected by Hurricane Harvey with a record 60 inches of rain in 2017. Louisiana is also recovering Hurricane Ida two weeks ago.

Authorities are asking residents of the region to buckle down until the coast is clear.

Nicholas makes landfall as a hurricane, flooding parts of Texas
Houses stand in the floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Nicholas in Jamaica Beach, Texas on September 14, 2021, in this screenshot obtained from a video on social media.