HOUSTON (WFLA) — Nicholas was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm after making landfall along the Texas coast on Tuesday.
The storm is forecast to bring life-threatening flash flooding to the deep south over the next couple days, the National Hurricane Center said.
At 11 a.m. ET, Nicholas was about 10 miles southeast of Houston, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It was moving northeast at six mph.
Nicholas is expected to weaken Tuesday as it travels slowly over southeastern Texas and become a tropical depression over southwestern Louisiana on Wednesday.
Over the next few days, the storm is expected to dump 5 to 10 inches of rain along the middle and upper Texas coast, with some areas seeing isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches. Forecasters warn the heavy rains could lead to life-threatening flash flooding, especially in urbanized metropolitan areas in those regions. Widespread minor to isolated major river flooding is expected across portions of the upper Texas Gulf Coast and southern Louisiana and Mississippi. About 1 to 5 feet of storm surge is possible. A tornado or two may be possible Tuesday along the upper Texas and southern Louisiana, the NHC said.
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:
- Port Bolivar Texas to Sabine Pass including Galveston Bay
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
- High Island Texas to Cameron Louisiana
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:
- Sabine Pass to Cameron Louisiana
Nicholas was the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.