Nicholas becomes hurricane as it approaches Texas coast

  

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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  one month ago  •  7 comments

By:   Kathryn Prociv and Phil Helsel

Nicholas becomes hurricane as it approaches Texas coast
Tropical Storm Nicholas strengthened to a low Category 1 hurricane as it was hours away from making landfall on the Texas coast, with 75 mph winds and threatening heavy rain.

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Nicholas strengthened to a hurricane Monday night as it approached the Texas coast, with 75 mph winds and threatening to bring up to 18 inches of rain to parts of the state.

Nicholas was a week Category 1 hurricane. The center of the storm was forecast to make landfall on the Texas coast "in a few hours," the National Hurricane Center said at 10 p.m.

The storm was around 45 miles southwest of Freeport, which is south along the coast from Galveston, and was moving north-northeast at 10 mph, forecasters said.

In Houston, where a large number of flights had already been canceled, officials urged everyone to be off the streets by nightfall.

Pop star Harry Styles postponed Monday night's planned concert at Houston's Toyota Center, which Mayor Sylvester Turner said underscored the gravity of the storm. Houston's school district canceled classes for Tuesday because of weather.

"Safety must take priority, so please go home and be safe," Styles tweeted about the concert.

The storm was already soaking parts of Texas as it approached. Video showed flooding in Matagorda, and Bay City recorded a 59-mph gust Monday night, forecasters said.

A hurricane warning was in place from Port O'Connor to Freeport, and a hurricane watch stretched from Freeport north to San Luis Pass, the hurricane center said.

Tropical storm warnings were in place from north of Port Aransas to Port O'Connor and from around Freeport to the Louisiana border. Storm surge warnings covered a stretch from Port Aransas to Louisiana.

Regardless of strength at landfall, the expected impacts won't change — the greatest of all being significant flash flooding.

Rainfall rates could be 3 to 4 inches per hour under the heaviest rain bands. Infrastructure has a tough time dealing with such intense rainfall rates, likely leading to significant flash flooding especially in urban areas.

Officials urged people to never drive through floodwaters, especially at night, which is often a cause of drownings following storms.

Ahead of landfall, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an emergency declaration for 17 counties in the storm's path.

"Texans throughout the Gulf Coast should prepare now for the impact of Tropical Storm Nicholas, which is expected to bring severe rain and flooding to these communities," Abbott said in a press release.


Matagorda, TX #TropicalStormNicholaspic.twitter.com/kPmPixmkGO
— Andrew Dubya (@BoyBlueez) September 13, 2021

Turner, the Houston mayor, said rain posed the biggest threat to the city and requested that motorists be off the roadways by nightfall.

Turner advised anyone driving to turn around instead of driving through high water or past a street barricade. "They're there for your protection," he said.

United and Southwest Airlines canceled all flights out of Corpus Christi International Airport for 24 hours due to "deteriorating weather conditions," a city spokesperson said in a press release.

The flood threat then shifts into Louisiana on Tuesday and Wednesday, including for areas still cleaning up from Hurricane Ida.

Storm total rainfall through midweek could be extreme in some cases. For the middle and upper Texas coast, 6 to 12 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 18 inches possible, the hurricane center said. Across the rest of coastal Texas into southwest Louisiana, totals could be 4 to 8 inches with locally higher amounts.

Life-threatening storm surge will also be possible for parts of the immediate Texas coast, with a maximum of 3-5 feet possible.

When Nicholas was named Sunday, it became the 14th named storm of the 2021 season, matching the climatological average number of named storms per season.

Only four other years in the satellite era (back to 1966) have had 14 storms by Sept. 12 and those were 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2020.

Nicholas will be the eighth storm to make landfall on the United States so far this year.


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Split Personality
PhD Principal
1  Split Personality    one month ago

Bands of rain, dark clouds, then sunshine here as this one approaches.  Lots of clouds coming on the horizon.

I'm in TX and the same storm is raining on friends in Rotunda FL and familia in Broward County Miami Dade

 
 
 
Ender
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1.1  Ender  replied to  Split Personality @1    one month ago

It has been raining here all morning.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
Professor Participates
1.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Split Personality @1    one month ago
Bands of rain, dark clouds, then sunshine here as this one approaches.

Texas should be bracing itself for Nick's Fury...

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
2  Kavika     one month ago

Port Aransas and Rockport are still trying to recover the ''big one'' a couple of years ago.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
3  Trout Giggles    one month ago

Batten down the hatches, Good people of Texas!

 
 
 
Split Personality
PhD Principal
3.1  Split Personality  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    one month ago

Ha !  You will probably get more than we will. I have seen the pictures of the lake that forms around your driveway entrance !!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
3.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Split Personality @3.1    one month ago
pictures of the lake that forms around your driveway entrance !!

HA! It's getting fixed so no more rivers (crossing fingers)

Our weather folks have not really said much about rain except maybe for a few sprinkles. We had that tropical storm come up through Loosiana last year and that was kinda terrifying because it hit just as I was getting off work and I had to drive in it. I do hope we get some rain, it's been very dry lately

 
 
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