Friday, September 24th 2021   |

Nicholas makes landfall, downgraded to tropical storm again

By ALAN SMASON

Short-lived as a hurricane for less than 12 hours, Tropical Storm Nicholas will bring some locally heavy rain and the possibility of flash flooding in the Greater New Orleans area from now through Wednesday.

The 7:00 a.m. CDT update listed Nicholas as having maximum sustained winds of 60 m.p.h. and moving on a north-northeast track at 7 m.p.h. The storm has changed course from its previous north-northwest track of Monday.

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 29.5º N longitude and 98.5º W latitude moving north-northwest at 10 m.p.h. The pressure at the center had risen to 999 millibars of mercury, indicating the storm had lessened as it interacted with the coast and moved away from the gulf waters.

Rainfall amounts of from 3 – 6 inches are possible in areas around the city as the storm’s bands disperse on Wednesday.

 

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