Tropical Depression Nicholas hits Galveston, Texas


Strong winds and torrential rains battered residential areas as Tropical Depression Nicholas hit Texas Tuesday evening.

The storm drenched a neighbourhood in Galveston City, bringing forceful gusts and torrential rains that drenched empty streets.

Resident Heather Charron said: ‘Strong gusts are making the floors and walls shake a bit. I’m in a second floor apartment.’

Nicholas made landfall as a category 1 hurricane on the eastern portion of the Matagorda Peninsula on Tuesday, threatening parts of the Gulf Coast with up to 20 inches of rainfall.

It has since weakened into a tropical depression Tuesday evening after moving through southeastern Texas.

Residents in Louisiana, still reeling from Hurricane Ida, have been asked to stay at home as Nicholas bears down on the storm-battered region. Experts warned of potential heavy flooding, particularly in southwestern Louisiana, over the coming days.

Nicholas is forecasted to dump as much as six inches of rain across Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle before its expected dissipation on Friday.