Tropical Storm Nicholas forms the Gulf of Mexico to hit Texas Louisiana
Tropical Storm Nicholas has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, and the 14th named Atlantic storm of the year is forecast to bring heavy rain and significant storm surge to sections of Texas and Louisiana.
The storm was roughly 240 miles southeast of the Rio Grande’s mouth, according to the National Hurricane Center on Sunday afternoon.
The storm’s centre was expected to pass near or just offshore the shores of northern Mexico and South Texas on Monday, then impact south or central Texas late Monday or early Tuesday, as of 4 p.m. EDT. It had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kilometers per hour) and was travelling north-northwest at 15 miles per hour. In the next day or so, gradual strengthening is expected.
A hurricane watch and storm surge warning have been issued for a region of Texas, while tropical storm warnings have been issued for Texas’ coastal districts, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. On Sunday through midweek, Nicholas is predicted to dump 5 to 10 inches (13 to 25 centimeters) of rain throughout parts of coastal Texas and southwest Louisiana, with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches.
From Port Aransas to Sargent, a hurricane watch has been issued for the Texas coast.
Before sending massive rains to the Northeast, Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on sections of Louisiana and Mississippi. The storm claimed the lives of more than 80 individuals across the country.
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Prior to the arrival of Nicholas, Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared that emergency services had been dispatched throughout the state’s coast.
“We will continue to keep a close eye on this storm and take all necessary procedures to ensure the safety of Texans. I encourage Texans to heed local officials’ advice and warnings about the possibility of heavy rain and floods “In a statement, he said.
Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana took to Twitter to warn residents in the state’s southern region to keep an eye on the storm and prepare for heavy rainfall and flash flooding.