Cars are thought to have queued around the block for the Whataburger drive-thru in Texas, as Nicholas made landfall.
A clip shared by Texan Heather, posting to TikTok under @littlehellion86, revealed the long line of cars, patiently waiting for food in the lashing rain.
The clip is believed to have been filmed at an outlet in the outskirts of Houston, at the 24/7 branch located on Spencer Highway, La Porte.
“When there’s a tropical storm coming and only Whataburger has your back! Everything else is closed. Gotta love Texas,” Heather captioned the clip, uploaded on Tuesday.
Nicholas made landfall in the early hours of Tuesday morning as a category 1 hurricane, before being downgraded to a tropical storm, then a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Weather warnings extended from Matagorda, Texas, to Cameron, Louisiana, and from Sargent to Sabine Pass, and Galveston Bay, at its height.
Heavy rain, high winds of up to 70 miles per hour, and a storm surge caused widespread flooding throughout the region, leaving 500,000 residents without power in Texas, according to poweroutage.us.
Despite lessening in power, the NHC warned: “Life-Threatening Flash Flooding is Possible Along Portions Of The Central Gulf Coast the Next Couple Days.”
“Urban flooding” is also a possibility along the Texas coast, as Nicholas makes its way northeast across the southern portion of the state.
He also urged residents to exercise caution when travelling, adding: “It seems like every time we have heavy rain in the Houston area there are people who do drive into high water, and they sometimes lose their vehicles, and even worse, sometimes lose their lives.
“Your life is the most important thing that you have. Be cautious as you travel about the Houston area in the Harris County area for the next few days.”
That sentiment was echoed by some people in the comments, who claimed people should be hunkering down at home, rather than heading to fast-food restaurants.
Since the clip, which can be seen here, was shared, it’s amassed more than 345,000 views, as people also praised the chain for being open 24/7, while others sympathized with the workers.
Davidparson515 wrote: “Seriously? Dumb. I would think people would have the sense to stay home.”
“I just know that line took an hour to get through,” @sigmasmiles reckoned.
Reggie Gilliam noted: “Saw that line earlier today around the block!”
Vince wrote: “You know it’s gonna be bad only if and when a Whataburger closes.”
Jasmineem commented: “Yes it’s literally always open they don’t care about no storms.”
Edwin The said: “Whataburger is always there for us no matter what.”
Pawohla reckoned: “Oohh do I feel sorry for the workers.”
“Poor Whataburger employees,” Liz added.
Responding to a comment from someone claiming to be a fast-food worker, Heather wrote: “We appreciate you all!”
Newsweek reached out to Whataburger and Heather for comment.
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