President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency in Louisiana and ordered a federal relief mission to assist local efforts to address the situation.
Emergencies triggered by tropical storm Nicholas intensified by hurricane late Monday night, the White House announced.
Just yesterday, Monday 13/9, the authorities had announced that the storm Nicholas, which is heading to Texas, could be strengthened in a cyclone, before it hit the American coasts.
As the US Cyclone Center warned, while it is located 60 kilometers from the mouth of the Rio Grande, the river that marks the border between Mexico and Texas, Hurricane Nicholas is expected to touch the ground later today.
As Nicholas is accompanied by winds of up to 95 kilometers per hour, there is a risk of causing floods, “especially in highly urbanized metropolitan areas,” warn American meteorologists.
For his part, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urged residents to heed warnings from local authorities.
“We expect heavy rain tonight and tomorrow. “I urge you not to take to the streets,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.