Hurricane Nicholas reached the US mainland in the southern state of Texas on Tuesday morning but has already weakened to a tropical storm.
It is not clear whether there are any casualties; there are as many as 360,000 families without electricity.
Tropical Storm Nicholas strengthened over the Gulf of Mexico into a Category 1 hurricane, reaching the Texas coast by 5:30 a.m. local time. However, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), the hurricane has since weakened to a tropical storm.
Although there are still warnings about Nicholas’s heavy rain and thunderstorms, wind speeds of 110 kilometres per hour are noted. About 360,000 families are currently without power. It is not yet clear if there are any casualties.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has already urged residents to heed the warnings of local authorities as the risk of flooding is very high as Nicholas moves slowly.
The mayor of Houston also asked people to stay away and take precautions. The region was primarily devastated four years ago by Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane that claimed 68 lives.
The hurricane’s path also takes it to the neighbouring state of Louisiana, which is still clearing debris from Hurricane Ida’s passage two weeks ago. Then, there were 28 fatalities counted. Governor John Bel Edwards has again declared a state of emergency.