Nicholas slams hard-hit Louisiana: Latest forecast

Nicholas, now slamming Louisiana with heavy rain, is expected to stall over the state through Friday, bringing more destruction as residents still recover from deadly Hurricane Ida.

Flash flood watches have been issued in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, including in New Orleans, Gulfport, Mobile and Panama City.

Up to 10 inches of rain has inundated Louisiana so far and 5 inches struck Biloxi, Mississippi.

Another 6 to 10 inches of rain is possible along the Gulf Coast through Friday, which could result in flash flooding.

Slow-moving Nicholas does not bode well for Louisiana, which is still recovering from devastating storms in 2020 and 2021.

The heaviest rain is forecast for southeast Louisiana, which was the area most devastatedby Hurricane Ida a few weeks ago, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, about 87,000 customers in Louisiana were still without power from Hurricane Ida, and the power restoration effort could be set back by Nicholas, Edwards said.

Over 1,000 Louisiana residents remain at shelters in the wake of Ida, he said.

The governor requested an emergency federal declaration, which was granted by President Joe Biden.

In a tweet Tuesday, the governor thanked Biden and the Federal Emergency Management Agency "for their help as we respond to this storm while also recovering from Hurricanes #Laura, #Delta & #Ida."

Before heading to Louisiana, Nicholas first struck the Houston area with over 6 inches of rain, shuttering schools.

In the Houston area, 460,000 customers were without power at the height of the storm early Tuesday, according to CenterPoint Energy. About 300,000 customers saw their power return by Tuesday evening.
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