Tropical Storm Nicholas continues to hit Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and parts of the Florida Panhandle with heavy rain, leaving thousands under a Flash Flood Watch.
This heavy rain will directly impact areas across the upper coast of Texas, Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle through Thursday. According to the National Hurricane Center, people in these areas should prepare for life-threatening flash and urban flooding, as well as minor to isolated major river flooding.
As residents in the U.S. Gulf Coast prepare for potential flooding impacts, it’s essential to exercise caution, especially when driving near flooded roads:
NEVER drive through floodwaters.
You may have driven that road thousands of times, and think you know how deep that water is – but you never really know what’s lurking under murky floodwaters.
Has flowing water compromised the integrity of the road?
Is it the road still there? pic.twitter.com/V3huOyUHZt
— National Weather Service (@NWS) September 14, 2021
Nicholas made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane along the Texas coast early Tuesday morning. Read the forecast from earlier Tuesday. Nicholas is the second hurricane to make landfall on U.S. land, and forecasters are monitoring another tropical disturbance.
Another Tropical Disturbance on the Horizon
The NHC said showers and thunderstorms a couple of hundred miles southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands show signs of continued storm development.
A tropical depression is likely to form over the next few days as the system moves westward across the eastern Tropical Atlantic Ocean at about 15 mph.