Hurricane Nicholas expected to become hurricane; could be local rain event
By ALAN SMASON
Weather authorities are predicting locally heavy rain and the possibility of flash flooding late on Wednesday in the Greater New Orleans area now that Hurricane Nicholas has been upgraded from a tropical storm.
The 10:00 p.m. update listed Nicholas as a minimal strength hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 m.p.h., but predicted a path that would keep the center of the system hugging the Texas coastline and not diminishing much in strength as it moves inland on Tuesday. This would be a worst case scenario for Southwest and South Central Louisiana, still recovering from Hurricanes Laura and Delta last year and, more recently, Ida.
The center of Nicholas was located at 28.4º N longitude and 98.5º W latitude moving north-northwest at 10 m.p.h. The lowest recorded pressure at the center was 988 millibars of mercury.
Nicholas is expected to slowly move inland and eventually make a move towards the east much more into Louisiana than what had been predicted earlier.
Rainfall amounts of from 3 – 6 inches are possible in areas around the city as the storm’s bands disperse on Wednesday.