States bordering the Gulf of Mexico are preparing to encounter yet another storm just weeks after Hurricane Ida slammed the area, killing dozens of people and leaving thousands without power.
According to the National Weather Service, parts of Tropical Storm Nicholas are expected to hit areas of Texas on Monday (September 13) before heading north and east towards Louisiana. So far, scientists have marked wind gusts up to 40 mph and moving at 15 mph, but is expected to slowly gain strength by the middle of the week.
Louisiana declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm’s expected impact. Across the state, recovery and relief efforts are still underway as crews work to restore power and address the needs of the hundreds of thousands impacted by the storm.
The storm is expected to bring as much as 12 inches of rain to the area, increasing the risk of flash flooding. Some businesses across the Houston area have announced closures as people prepare for the storm.