Storm Nicholas threatens the Gulf of Mexico coast with heavy rains

Nicholas Storm | Photo: National Hurricane Center

The Tropical Storm Nicholas Strengthens Off the Gulf of Mexico Coast and Could Make Landfall as a Hurricane in Texas. The phenomenon will arrive this Monday, with heavy rains and flooding to the coastal areas, to devastated Louisiana.

The last: The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that maximum sustained winds reach 60 mph (95 kph). Nicholas is moving north-northwest at 7 km / h and is expected to pass near the south coast of Texas late Monday, and will continue to the south coast or the center of the state on Monday night.

  • Several schools in the Houston and Galveston area were closed Monday due to the arrival of the storm.
  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott reported that the state had rescue teams and resources available in the Houston area and along the Texas Gulf Coast.
  • Nicholas is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of the mouth of the Rio Grande, 210 miles (325 kilometers) south of Port O’Connor, Texas, on Monday morning.

AND now what? A hurricane watch was issued from Port Aransas to Freeport, Texas. Much of the state’s coastline is under a tropical storm warning and the system is expected to cause heavy rainfall and flash flooding in urban areas.

  • As of 7 a.m., the storm was moving erratically just off the northeast coast of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said.
  • Total rainfall of 8 to 16 inches (20 to 40 centimeters) is expected along the middle and upper Texas coast with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches (50 centimeters) possible.
  • Other parts of Texas and southwestern Louisiana could see 5 to 10 inches (12.5 to 25 centimeters) of rain in the next few days.

Main source of the news: AP

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