Will TS Nicholas Cause More Damage to an Already Ruined South Louisiana?
Meteorologist Steve Parr talks about Tropical Storm Nicholas and how, despite its weakening from a hurricane, could still bring more devastation to south Louisiana.
The former TV meteorologist, who also holds a master's degree in geoscience, warns that the slow moving storm could drop another foot of rain on parts of the state just beginning to recover from Hurricane Ida.
How could a weakening storm still be dangerous?
"It has a massive rain shield," Parr begins, "The energy of the storm has been dispersed over a larger area. The winds aren't as bad - you're not going to see much of that damage."
Parr goes on to say that the storm was "a weak Category 1 (hurricane)" when it came aground on the east coast of Texas, then made a turn toward Louisiana.
"The problem with this storm is that it's stalling" Parr continues, looking at Nicholas' Tuesday morning location, "And most of the rain is not where the center of the storm is. This is a lopsided storm. The rain is on the east side, all the way over into Louisiana."
Massive rainfall for an area just beginning recovery
"The right hand side of the storm is over water. It's spinning around, pulling all that moisture out of the Gulf of Mexico, dropping it on Louisiana," Parr says. "It's going to follow along I-10, but it's going to stay close enough to the Gulf that it keeps pulling in moisture and dropping it across south Louisiana.
"They're going to get a foot of rain. Some models are showing from Beaumont all the way over to Mobile over the next three to five days, you're looking at another foot of rain down there."