Southwest Louisiana is facing a “high risk” of flash flooding from Tropical Depression Nichols early Wednesday morning National Weather Service warned.
why it matters: Such “high-risk” approaches are rarely issued anywhere in the US. There is also a moderate risk of flash-flooding in New Orleans, which is still hitting the state last month by Hurricane Ida. more than
- “Life-threatening” flash floods are also expected in other parts of the Deep South National Hurricane Center.
Our thought bubble: The warning is due to a prior storm slowing forward momentum. As the bands of rain work east, they are moving into more saturated ground in the wake of Ida – increasing the risk of flash flooding across the rest of Louisiana as well as parts of Mississippi.
threat level: The slow-moving storm was expected to bring 5 to 10 inches of rain to parts of southern and central Louisiana, southern Mississippi, far southern Alabama and the western Florida panhandle early Friday. NHC said late Tuesday.
- Isolated storm totals of 20 inches were possible from southern Louisiana to the far western Florida panhandle.
- “In these areas, especially in urban areas, the effects of life-threatening flash floods are possible,” the NHC warned.
By numbers: According to the utility tracking site, more than 125,000 customers in Texas were without electricity and more than 75,000 others in Louisiana had no electricity Wednesday morning. power outage.us.
big picture: Nichols made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane near Sargent Beach, Texas, early Tuesday.
- It later weakened into a tropical depression, but heavy rain continued in the Houston metro area as it slowly made its way over southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana.