Miami, Sep 14 (EFE) .- Tropical Storm Nicholas weakened this Tuesday in southeast Texas and became a tropical depression, although “dangerous” and “sudden” floods are expected for several states in the southern United States, reported the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
The Miami-based NHC warned of the risk of dangerous flash floods especially in parts of the US states of Texas and Louisiana, and to a lesser extent in Mississippi and Alabama, because of Nicholas, who for a few hours became the sixth hurricane this year in the Atlantic basin.
With sustained winds of 35 miles per hour (55 km / h), at 00:00 GMT the center of the now depression was located 25 miles (40 km) west of Port Arthur (Texas), and 60 miles (95 km) east-northeast of Houston, in the same state.
Nicholas is moving east-northeast at a speed of about 6 miles per hour (9 km / h) and this direction should continue tonight.
Also, a turn to the east over Louisiana is expected this Wednesday, the observatory warned.
Continued gradual weakening is expected over the next two days, with Nicholas expected to degenerate into a “minimal carryover” on Wednesday or early Thursday morning, it said.
This system, which as a category 1 hurricane impacted this morning in the eastern part of the Matagorda peninsula, in Texas, can still produce rainfall with accumulations of between 5 and 10 inches (12 and 25 cm) in southern and central portions Louisiana and southern Mississippi.
Also in the southern tip of Alabama and the western Florida “Panhandle” through early Friday morning.
The weather information portal Accuweather indicated that Nicholas’s trajectory is similar to that of the devastating Harvey, which caused severe flooding in Texas in 2017.
The place where it struck is only about 70 miles (90 km) from where Harvey made landfall.
Sylvester Turner, the mayor of Houston, the city hardest hit by Nicholas’s rain, updated on Twitter that of the 150,000 subscribers who were without power this morning, only 57,000 now remain, while the repair brigades continue to work.
The NHC monitors, on the other hand, an area of low pressure located a few hundred miles south-southeast of the Cape Verde Islands with a 90% probability of becoming a tropical depression in the next 48 hours.
A low-pressure channel located about 200 miles from the Bahamas is producing a large area of disorganized rainfall and storms, but its chances of climbing within two days are average, 50%.
So far this year there have been six hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, Elsa, Grace, Henri, Ida, Larry and Nicholas, of which Grace, Ida and Larry reached the highest category, 3 or more.