According to the National Hurricane Center, Nicholas stepped up to Category 1 hurricane before crashing ashore in the eastern part of the Matagord Peninsula in Texas at a wind speed of 75 miles per hour.
On Tuesday evening, the storm was 50 miles east of Houston and was moving slowly toward Louisiana with winds of 40 miles per hour.
In Houston, school classes were canceled. Coronavirus testing and vaccination centers were also closed.
Tropical Depression #Nicholas Advisory 13: Nicholas Moving Slowly Across Extreme Southeastern Texas. Life-Threatening Flash Flooding is Possible Along Portions Of The Central Gulf Coast the Next Couple Days. https://t.co/VqHn0u1vgc— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 15, 2021
Weather forecasters are worried about how slowly the storm is moving. It is expected to subside on Wednesday. However, a slight movement is expected on Thursday. The storm is accompanied by heavy rains, which can cause floods. The storm is also expected to hit southern Mississippi and southern Alabama.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency before the storm. Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter urged residents to take the storm seriously.
As it was reported earlier, scientists from the Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn analyzed ten devastating events of 2020 and 2021, among which they recorded many connections. In many cases, the disaster was triggered by the same anthropogenic factors.