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Texas underwater and a flying shark: Images show devastation from Storm Nicholas as it heads for Louisiana

Half a million homes and businesses were without power amid flooding from Storm Nicholas, which dumped six inches of rain in Houston, Texas, and 14 inches along the Gulf Coast.

Drone footage from Tuesday showed Surfside Beach, a town 90 km (56 miles) southeast of Houston, submerged in floodwater and dozens of damaged homes.

The town, just east of the Matagorda Peninsula, was where Nicholas made landfall early on Tuesday – when she was demoted from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm.

High winds were also seen early on, with Miami’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) recording wind speeds of 45 mph when Nicholas hit Texas. The storm itself, however, is moving slowly, and toward Louisiana.

According to forecasters, up to (30.5 centimeters) of rain was recorded along the Gulf Coast after Nicholas made landfall.

It was as more than 60 inches (152 centimeters) of rain poured into southeast Texas over a four-day period in 2017 during Hurricane Harvey, which caused massive flooding and 68 deaths in the Texas.

In Houston on Tuesday, six inches of rain was brought in by Nicholas, which was less severe than in 2017 and that seen on the Texas Gulf Coast, where dozens of homes are still submerged. In total, 200,000 are without electricity.

Flooding after Storm Nicholas, as seen by a drone camera

(The weather channel)

Another video showed what appeared to be a shark flying through the air of Port O’Connor, Texas, but was actually a fiberglass figure of a creature called “Bruce” that had freed itself in the winds. The city was among the first to be affected by Nicholas.

Heavy rain is forecast for southwestern Louisiana and much of Texas, which could last for days, forecasters say, as Nicholas stalls.

According to the National Hurricane Center, it is moving slowly from east to northeast, at 6 mph (9 km / h), and had winds of 35 mph (55 km / h) late Tuesday.

Pictures showed houses with ripped roofs and flooded after Storm Nicholas

(The weather channel)

Inches of rain are forecast for areas already saturated by Hurricane Ida in recent weeks, which is likely to cause further flooding and damage to communities in Louisiana and Texas.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.


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