Life-threatening conditions expected in Deep South amid Storm Nicholas

Jarod Voisin walks through damage of his family's heavily damaged oyster processing plant, as rain from Tropical Storm Nicholas, currently in the Gulf of Mexico, comes down, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Houma, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Jarod Voisin walks through damage of his family’s heavily damaged oyster processing plant, as rain from Tropical Storm Nicholas, currently in the Gulf of Mexico, comes down, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Houma, La., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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UPDATED 8:12 PM PT – Tuesday, September 14, 2021

More than half-a-million people are without power and the Deep South is hunkering down as Tropical Storm Nicholas moves eastward. Nicholas was downgraded to a tropical depression after making landfall in Texas as a Category One hurricane. Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms were already battering the state before the storm struck near Sargent Beach, just an hour south of Houston, early Tuesday morning.

As a result, more than 500,000 customers were without electricity in Southeast Texas and Houston. Kenny Mercado, the Executive Vice President of CenterPoint Energy, assured they are committed to restoring service to customers as safely and quickly as possible.

“However, patience will be important as some areas of our system and equipment may be difficult to reach for our crews due to safety-related issues, such as downed trees,” he explained.

Forecasts predict Nicholas will weaken to a Tropical Depression by Wednesday, however, as it continues moving northeast over Texas and Louisiana. According to the National Hurricane Center, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama could see tornadoes, life-threatening storm surges and more flash flooding in the coming days.

This comes as power has not yet been restored in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Ida. In the meantime, Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-La.) has declared a state of emergency with Joe Biden approving an emergency declaration on Tuesday.

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