Nicholas made landfall on the Texas Gulf Shore early Tuesday morning as a Category 1 hurricane, and the National Hurricane Center says parts of the region could get “significant” rain in the coming days.
Nicholas made landfall about 10 miles southwest Sargent Beach in Texas, at 12:30 am local time. The maximum sustained winds were 75mph. Nicholas has been downgraded from a strong tropical storm to a weak hurricane with sustained winds of 70 mph in the hours following landfall.
Already heavy rainfall has fallen on the Gulf of Texas coastline. The NHC has warned that there will be more in the days ahead. The storm is expected to hug the coastline and move east, dumping as much as 10 to 15 inches of rain between Houston and New Orleans.
According to the NHC, heavy rain could cause flooding and “life-threatening flashes” along the Louisiana and Texas coasts.
Governor Greg Abbott has a disaster declaration in 17 countries in Texas for the next three days ahead of Nicholas, a move that will accelerate state and federal funding for rescue and relief efforts.
The region will be impacted by another major storm as Nicholas travels eastward into Louisiana. A major hurricane in Ida struck the state several weeks ago. It destroyed the state’s electricity grid. Some people who left the state in Ida for safety reasons have not returned to their homes.