Nicholas, who made landfall at Texas Tuesday as hurricane , weakened in tropical depression Wednesday as it moved over southern Louisiana , bringing heavy rain and flooding to an already battered region.
At 4 am, the storm was located about 15 miles northeast of Port Arthur, Texas, and about 35 miles west of Lake Charles, Louisiana, according to the National Hurricane Center.
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Nicholas is moving east at nearly 3 mph and is expected to stall over central Louisiana up to 'until Thursday, impacting until the Florida Panhandle .
The hurricane center has warned that while the low - with maximum sustained winds near 30mph - is expected to weaken over the next few days, a tornado or two will be possible Wednesday in the southeast from Louisiana, in the south of Mississippi , southwest Alabama and West Florida Panhandle.
Joe Ward traverses the flood waters of Hurricane Nicholas on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in Surfside Beach, TX. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)
Des flash flood watches are equalCurrently in effect along the central Gulf Coast for parts of southern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.
The hurricane center said that additional precipitation of 3 to 6 inches is forecast from south-central to southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and the Florida enclave through Friday.
Isolated 10-inch storm totals are possible on the central Gulf Coast.
"Life-threatening flash flooding, especially in urban areas, is occurring possible in these areas. Widespread minor river flooding is expected, while isolated moderate flooding is possible, in parts of southern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to the enclave of Florida "the hurricane center wrote.
Horses grazing in a flooded yard in Matagorda County after Hurricane Nicholas on Tuesday September 14, 2021. (Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle via AP)
Galveston, Texas saw nearly 14 inches of rain from Nicholas, while Houston areported over 6 inches.
Trying to recover from the impact of Hurricane Ida there are barely two weeks, Southeast Louisiana is expected to face the greatest threat of flooding.
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"This is a very serious storm, especially in those areas which were hit so badly by Hurricane Ida, Gov. says John Bel Edwards .
Nearly 69,000 Louisiana residents are still without power supply Wednesday, according to the follow-up of faults PowerOutage.US .
Storm clouds from Tropical Storm Nicholas are seen behind destroyed homes of the endangered Native American community on Jean Charles Island, Louisiana by Hurricane Ida on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert)
Edwards noted that the storm meant some customers who had salvaged power could lose it again, although utility executives said they didn't think Nicholas would affect restore times.
The New Orleans National Weather Service tweeted on Wednesday that after heavy rains on Tuesday night, flash flooding was a "considerable concern
"The Water has accumulated in the area and any additional rain runoff fast leading to further flooding concerns. #Ida debris is also impacting drainage, "the agency wrote. Additional "3-7 " of rain with locally higher amounts are possible through Friday. The heaviest rains today are likely to occur on the MS coast where we already saw 4 inches in Harrison County this morning. "
Nicholas is likely to dissipate iTuesday evening or Friday, although chances of rain will continue in the region throughout the weekend and into early next week due to persistent tropical humidity.
Nicholas is the 14th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season 2021, which runs until November 30 .
The Associated Press contributed to this report.