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Storm Nicholas moves slowly toward Louisiana, destroys Texas

Christian Fernsby |
Tropical Storm Nicholas slowed to a crawl over the Houston area Tuesday after making landfall earlier as a hurricane.

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Tropical Storm Nicholas knocked out power to a half-million homes and businesses and dumping more than a foot of rain.

Nicholas could potentially stall over Louisiana and bring life threatening floods across the Deep South over the coming days, forecasters said.

Nicholas made landfall early Tuesday on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula and was soon downgraded to a tropical storm. It was about 30 milessoutheast of Houston, with maximum winds of 40 mph as of 1 p.m. CDT Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Galveston, Texas, saw nearly 14 inches of rain from Nicholas, the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, while Houston reported more than 6 inchesof rain.

Nicholas is moving so slowly it will dump several inches of rain as it crawls over Texas and southern Louisiana, meteorologists said.


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