Tropical Storm Nicholas: What You Should Know

Patricia Garcia • Managing & Newsletter Editor

Weeks prior to Hurricane Ida hitting Louisiana, Tropical Storm Nicholas hit Texas and part of Louisiana. Initially heavy rain, it was predicted to turn into a Category 1 Hurricane. Here’s what you should know about Nicholas.

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Image courtesy of Callaghan O'Hare for The New York Times
  • Nicholas formed in the Gulf of Mexico and eventually made its way to Texas, creating heavy rain and wind before weakening.

  • Gov. Greg Abbott issued a state of disaster for 17 counties and stated in a press release, “The State of Texas is working closely with officials on the ground to provide the resources and support needed to keep our communities safe," Abbott said. "But it is up to all Texans in the path of this storm to take precautions, heed the guidance of officials, and remain vigilant as this severe weather moves through Texas."

  • Nicholas made landfall at Matagorda County overnight on Sept. 14. It was predicted to be a Category 1 situation but was later considered a tropical storm.

  • Making its way towards the Houston area, schools were closed, flights were canceled and the much-awaited Harry Styles’ concert was postponed.

  • The Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner thanked Styles stating: “I want to say a special thanks to Harry Edward Styles, singer-songwriter and actor who tweeted to expand that safety must take priority, so please go home and be safe. So, I can say a special thanks to Mr. Styles for putting safety for his sold-out show. That’s the spirit that we certainly want to see exemplified.”

  • Some areas in Texas were not badly affected, however according to CenterPoint Energy, many people remained without power in Galveston, Houston and along the Texas coast. Nicholas eventually made its way towards Louisiana.

  • Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana stated that many people were still without power from Hurricane Ida and that many that had regained power might once again lose it.

  • Tropical Storm Nicholas is the 14th named storm of the Atlantic 2021 hurricane season.

The damages of the aftermath caused catastrophe’s in people’s homes, and even created many to be without power for long periods of time. Natural disasters are becoming increasingly common and bring upon a time of recovery due to the aftermath.

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