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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A hurricane warning is in effect for parts of Texas as Hurricane Nicholas moves over the Gulf of Mexico Monday evening.
In its 11 p.m. advisory, the NHC said the storm was expected to make landfall along the Texas coast in a few hours, move over extreme southeastern Texas on Tuesday and early Wednesday,
At 11 p.m., Nicholas was about 20 miles southeast of Matagorda Texas with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, and tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 115 miles from the storm’s center. It was moving north at 10 mph.
The storm was expected to dump 8 to 16 inches on parts of middle and upper Texas coastal areas this week, with some areas seeing isolated amounts of 20 inches. Other parts of Texas and Louisiana could see 5 to 10 inches of rain. One to five feet of storm surge is possible, and a tornado or two will be possible Monday across the Texas coast.
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:
- Port Aransas Texas to Sabine Pass
- Galveston Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, and Matagorda Bay
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:
- Port O’Connor to Freeport Texas
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:
- Port Aransas to San Luis Pass Texas
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
- Mouth of the Rio Grande to Sabine Pass
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:
- Sabine Pass to Rutherford Beach Louisiana
Other areas to watch
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure a couple hundred miles north of the Bahamas. Some gradual development of the system is possible. It has a 50% chance of developing into a tropical depression this week as it moves north-northwestward or north across the western Atlantic.
A tropical wave is expected to merge off the coast of Africa Monday. It has a 70% chance of developing into a tropical depression late this week as it moves across the eastern tropical Atlantic.
The NHC was also watching a non-tropical area of low pressure between Azores and Portugal, but tropical or subtropical development of the system is no longer expected.