Lucky for the Houston area, Tropical Storm Nicholas briefly reached a category 1 hurricane status overnight before being downgraded back to a tropical storm. Most of the damage was along the coast, and over 150,000 people were without power for the majority of the day.
For those away from the coast, most of the storm was over by the time day broke. I woke up to light drizzle, moderate winds & overall very misty conditions. I was struck by how cool the temperature was- in the low 70’s F (~20C) in September.
I opened up my apartment for most of the day, moved my furniture back out & continued with work. The electricity went out a couple times for less than a minute each time, so not too bad. Many people had much worse conditions, along with localized flooding toward the coast.
I didn’t travel, despite conditions appearing fairly safe. I did take a jog around the neighborhood. Most of the damage was very minor, simply small branches & sticks, leaves and air plants laying on the road & side walks. I observed a larger tree that had split, one side falling across a fenced in yard. The fence had been replaced earlier in the summer, so hopefully the good condition would prevent much damage. There were several small, young-looking ornamental trees that had been uprooted- hopefully they can be replanted & recover.
The remnants of the tropical storm are moving along the Gulf coast towards Louisiana. Wishing the residents a safe 24hrs, especially those still recovering from Hurricane Ida.