Nicholas’ leftovers continue dumping heavy rain on coastal South

Flash flood watches in effect from Louisiana to Florida

The remnants of Hurricane Nicholas will continue to plague parts of the South with heavy rain Friday.

Nicholas made landfall Tuesday in Texas as a Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds. As of Friday morning, it was a post-tropical low-pressure system that was meandering in Louisiana.

The Weather Prediction Center has issued a slight risk of excessive rainfall for a large swath of the northern Gulf Coast, from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

Forecasters said an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain is possible Friday in areas already hard hit by heavy rain.

Flash flood watches have been issued from Louisiana to Florida, affecting about 4.7 million people.

More than a foot of rain is estimated to have fallen during the past three days in places such as Alexandria and New Orleans in Louisiana and Mobile in Alabama. Radar estimates also showed a large area of 6 to 10 inches of rainfall that had fallen during the past three days from Louisiana to Florida.

The forecast calls for Nicholas to produce another 2 inches of rain Saturday across the northern Gulf Coast, before the moisture gets pulled north along a front.