Tropical Weather Nicholas

Alfa Alamia cleans up her brother's yard in Palacios, Texas following Hurricane Nicholas on Tuesday. Alamia has lived in Palacios since she was 12. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas — Tropical Storm Nicholas slowed to a crawl over the Houston area Tuesday after making landfall earlier as a hurricane, knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses and dumping more than a foot of rain along the same area swamped by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

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