Tropical Depression Nicholas: Update for the LA, MS, AL Coasts and western FL Panhandle: p.m. Tuesday 14 September 2021

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  • Flash Flood Watches through Thursday morning for:
    • Southern LA
    • MS and AL Coasts
    • Western FL Panhandle

Nicholas made landfall Monday night and has now weakened to a Tropical Depression. On Tuesday evening, Nicholas was 55 miles west of Lake Charles LA, moving east-northeast at 6 mph. Maximum sustained winds are 35 mph.

The primary impact from Nicholas continues to be flooding rains through Wednesday night. Areas from New Orleans to Pensacola should expect 6-10 inches of rain. This will likely cause significant flooding. Storm surge and destructive winds are no longer an issue.

I-10, I-12, I-49, I-55 and I-65 are all vulnerable to high water and potential flooding.

Seek higher ground from freshwater flooding, and, as always, please follow the advice of local emergency management officials. If you are camping anywhere in southern or central LA or along the MS coast, be prepared for flooding rains Tuesday (LA) and Wednesday (MS) and seek higher ground.

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