Pointe-aux-chenes, louisiana, usa (AP) – Tropical Depression Nicholas was moving slowly from Texas and into southern Louisiana Wednesday, dumping heavy rain in a region where Hurricane Ida destroyed thousands of rooftops now covered in tarpaulins.
Forecasters expected the system to linger over Louisiana for several days as a disorganized mass and dump a lot of water east of its center. The showers were expected to spread from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and into the west of the northwest strip of Florida.
The flood threat was especially dire in southeastern Louisiana, and Governor John Bel Edwards warned people to take it seriously, even though Nicholas was no longer the hurricane that made landfall in Texas Tuesday.
“This is a very serious storm, especially in the areas heavily affected by Hurricane Ida,” Edwards said.
Experts warned people in the central Gulf Coast that up to 50 centimeters (20 inches) of water could fall through Friday, in a region that has not yet fully recovered from the ravages of two Category 4 storms. : Ida, a few weeks ago, and Laura, last year.
Galveston, Texas, recorded nearly 35 centimeters (14 inches) of rain from Nicholas, the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, while Houston recorded more than 15 centimeters (6 inches) of water. The New Orleans office of the National Weather Service said Tuesday night that some areas of Louisiana could receive up to 25 cm (10 inches) of rain, with point concentrations of between 5 and 8 cm (2 to 3 inches) of water. In an hour.
Governor Edwards noted that 95,000 customers were still without power more than two weeks after the Ida impact. And he said the new storm could cause some of those who had recovered service to lose it again. Some houses badly affected by Ida had not yet been repaired so that they could withstand heavy rains, he added.
Santana reported from New Orleans. Associated Press reporters Kevin McGill in New Orleans and Juan A. Lozano in Surfside Beach, Texas contributed to this report.