TRACKING THE TROPICS: Tropical Storm Nicholas begins trek for Texas coast

Tracking the Tropics

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Tropical Storm Nicholas formed Sunday morning in the southwestern part of the Gulf of Mexico as the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The NHC reported that the storm is around 170 miles east-southeast of La Pesca, Mexico, having formed around the Bay of Campeche. It had max sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and was moving north at 2 miles per hour, as of 11 p.m EDT.

Nicholas is expected to move into the western Gulf of Mexico this week — bringing rain, wind, and storm surge to portions of Texas and Louisiana. However, the storm is not a threat to Tampa Bay at this time.

Below are the current watches and warnings in effect:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…

  • Port Aransas to San Luis Pass Texas
  • Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, and Matagorda Bay

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…

  • Port Aransas to Freeport Texas

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…

  • Mouth of the Rio Grande to High Island Texas
  • Barra el Mezquital to the U.S./Mexico border

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for…

  • Mouth of the Rio Grande to Port Aransas Texas
  • San Luis Pass Texas to Rutherford Beach Louisiana, including Galveston Bay
  • Baffin Bay and Corpus Christi Bay

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…

  • East of High Island Texas to Sabine Pass

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