Hurricane Nicholas ashore in U.S. state of Texas

Hurricane Nicholas made landfall in the U.S. state of Texas at the beginning of the night (local time) on Tuesday. The tropical storm had grown into a first and lightest category hurricane in the hours before, with wind speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour.

The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) expects the hurricane to decline in strength as it moves across the south of the country. In addition to Texas this week, Louisiana and Mississippi states are likely to face a lot of rain and wind.

The NHC warns of potential floods. In eastern Texas and southwest Louisiana, in particular, these can be life-threatening. The center expects the nuisance in southern and central Texas to be limited to heavy rains. A storm warning has been issued for almost the entire Texas coast.

Louisiana, directly east of Texas, declared a state of emergency on Monday. At the end of August, Hurricane Ida hit this state. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards fears Nicholas will interfere with repair work after that hurricane.