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Storm Nicholas weakens but leaves 450,000 Texas homes without power - NEWS.com.au

Tropical storm Nicholas weakened as it moved inland Tuesday, lashing Texas after flooding coastal towns with dangerous storm surges in the southern US state and leaving nearly half a million homes without power. 

Nicholas barreled ashore overnight and raked the coastline as a Category One hurricane, and then quickly set its sights on Houston, Texas's largest city.

Other than widespread outages, the city of 2.3 million people largely dodged a bullet.

"I think we fared fairly well," he added.

Perhaps mindful of the damage four years earlier, Turner put the city on high alert Monday, erecting barricades, activating an emergency management office, closing the Houston ship channel at its busy port and warning residents to take extra safety precautions.

As of 10:00 am (1500 GMT), the storm's maximum sustained winds had dipped to 45 miles (75 kilometers) per hour, with higher gusts, and was expected to dump five to 10 inches (125-250 millimeters) of rain over the Texas coast and Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said.

"Life-threatening flash floods (are) expected across portions of the Deep South during the next couple of days," the NHC reported, adding that urbanized metropolitan areas were also at risk.

"We took a pretty strong hit," Mayor Gregg Bisso told AFP.

Videos shared on social media showed vicious winds -- in one clip, a Citgo gas station roof tips over -- and lashing rain as the storm moved up the coast towards Houston and beyond.

- State of emergency -

Texas is no stranger to hurricanes, but scientists warn that climate change is making the storms more powerful, posing an increasing risk to coastal communities.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott had urged residents to take precautions and "remain vigilant" in the face of the severe weather. 

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