Tropical Storm Nicholas may strengthen right into a hurricane earlier than it makes landfall alongside the central Texas coast Monday night, the Nationwide Hurricane Heart mentioned. The storm is threatening the area with “life-threatening” rainfall, with tens of millions of residents underneath flash flood warnings.
As of Monday afternoon, Nicholas was 70 miles south of Port O’Connor, Texas, with most winds of 65 mph, the hurricane heart mentioned. The storm may produce 6 to 12 inches, with 18 inches in remoted areas, throughout the Texas coast.
Forecasters mentioned “life-threatening” flash flooding is feasible alongside the higher Texas coast and southwestern Louisiana. They mentioned southeast Texas, southern Louisiana and southern Mississippi may see 4 to eight inches of rain. A hurricane watch is at the moment in impact for Port Aransas to San Luis Cross, Texas.
“There are individuals who do drive into excessive water and so they typically lose their automobiles and even worse typically lose their lives,” Governor Greg Abbott mentioned Monday.
The Gulf Coast remains to be recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Ida. In southeast Louisiana, greater than 130,000 buildings are nonetheless with out energy, officers mentioned Sunday. Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency and is urging residents to arrange for attainable flooding and heavy rain.
“One of many issues now we have to protect in opposition to is dismissing the specter of this storm as a result of it isn’t projected at the moment to achieve hurricane power earlier than it makes landfall,” Edwards mentioned.
Nicholas is the 14th named storm of the season, a quantity often hit later in mid-November.