HOUSTON (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicholas is gathering strength and threatening to blow ashore in Texas as a hurricane.
Tropical Storm #Nicholas is nearly a hurricane, with the pressure down to 988 mb and winds sustained at 70 mph. The storm is expected landfall near Matagorda Bay this evening. South-Central Texas will experience mainly heavy rains, so the impact is unlikely to be significant. #txwx pic.twitter.com/Maf1tJQVm5
– NWS Austin / San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) September 14, 2021
Forecasters say it could bring up to 20 inches of rain to parts of the Gulf Coast. The National Weather Service warns that Nicholas could bring about tornadoes in coastal regions.
The storm could strike the same region as Hurricane Harvey’s 2017 destruction and hurricane-battered Louisiana.
Although the system is expected to generate only a fraction as much rain as Harvey, nearly all of the state’s coastline was under a tropical storm warning that included potential flash floods and urban flooding.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott claims that authorities have placed rescue teams and other resources in the Houston region and along the coast.