Tropical Storm Nicholas could reach hurricane strength before making landfall in Texas and is expected to affect the Gulf states for days, while the northern tier of the country will see several days of severe weather threats.
Tropical Storm Nicholas formed on Sunday and could become a hurricane before making expected landfall in Texas Monday afternoon. Concerns are that the storm could bring heavy rains in flash flooding to the region in the coming days. The storm could dump 20 inches of rain on parts of Texas and 5-10 inches in southwest Louisiana.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the storm is expected to linger over the Gulf Coast where it may affect portions of Mississippi and Alabama.
As of 7 AM CDT, Nicholas was roughly 40 miles southeast of the mouth of the Rio Grande just offshore of Mexico’s coast and crawling at 5 mph with sustained winds of 60 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), NOLA reported. A hurricane is designated as winds of 74 mph or greater.
As the storm approached Texas, over 12,000 residents were without power as of 8 AM local time on Monday according to poweroutage.us.
In Louisiana, Governor John Bill Edwards declared a state of emergency in advance as the storm could deliver heavy rain to areas previously hit by hurricanes Ida and Laura, WDSU reported. As of Monday a.m., there were still over 116,000 residents in Louisiana without power following the impact of Ida, according to poweroutage.us.
The northern tier of the country from the upper Midwest into the Northeast will be under a repeated threat of severe weather this week.
On Monday, the National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting the potential for severe weather over portions of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.
On Tuesday, potential severe weather is forecast for portions of Illinois, Indiana Ohio, and Michigan.
On Wednesday, potential severe weather stretches over much of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
Summary heat will continue this week for parts of the West, South, Ohio Valley, and mid-Atlantic.
The National Weather Service has issued heat alerts for the following areas on Monday.
Excessive heat warning: southeastern California and deserts; southern Nevada; western, central, and southwestern Arizona.
Heat advisory: eastern Texas, southwestern Louisiana.