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Nicholas Weakens Into Tropical Storm, Battering Texas, Louisiana With Rain

HOUSTON—Heavy rains lashed Texas and Louisiana on Tuesday as Hurricane Nicholas weakened into a tropical storm, bringing the threat of widespread floods and power outages as it swept down the U.S. Gulf Coast. It is the second major storm to threaten the region in recent weeks after Hurricane Ida killed more than two dozen people in August and devastated communities in Louisiana near New Orleans. Nicholas should weaken further and become a depression by Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. It could still cause life-threatening flash floods across the Deep South in the next couple of days, the agency warned. Nicholas was about 15 miles (25 km) south-southwest of Houston by 7 a.m. Central Time, heading north-northeast with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 km per hour), the NHC said in a bulletin. President Joe Biden declared an emergency for Louisiana and ordered federal assistance for …

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