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SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicholas slowed to a crawl over the Houston area Tuesday after making landfall earlier as a hurricane, knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses and dumping more than a foot (30.5 centimeters) of rain along the same area swamped by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
Nicholas could potentially stall over storm-battered
Louisiana and bring life- threatening floods across the Deep South over the coming days, forecasters said.
Nicholas made landfall early Tuesday on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula and was soon downgraded to a tropical storm. It was about 10 miles (15 kilometers) southeast of Houston, with maximum winds of 45 mph (75 kph) as of 10 a.m. CDT Tuesday, according to the
National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Galveston, Texas, saw near- ly 14 inches (35 centimeters) of rain from Nicholas, the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane sea- son, while Houston reported more than 6 inches (15 cen- timeters) of rain. That’s a frac- tion of what fell during Harvey, which dumped more than 60 inches (152 centime- ters) of rain in southeast
Texas over a four-day period. In the small coastal town of Surfside Beach about 65 miles (105 kilometers) south of Houston, Kirk Klaus, 59, and his wife Monica Klaus, 62, rode out the storm in their two-bedroom home, which sits about 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters) above the ground on stilts.
“It was bad. I won’t ever do it again,” Kirk Klaus said.