Tropical Storm Nicholas dumped more than a foot of rain on the Texas coast early Tuesday morning. Nicholas originated on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula and was recently downgraded to a tropical storm. It was roughly 25 kilometres south-southwest of Houston, Texas with winds reaching 95 km/h as of 7 a.m. CDT.
Hurricane Nicholas was the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season according to the National Hurricane center in Miami. Galveston witnessed almost 14 inches of rain and Houston reported more than 6 inches. When Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, parts of southeast Texas experience more than 60 inches of rain over a 4-day period.
Nicholas was moving north-northeast at 13 km/h and the center of the storm was expected to move over southeastern Texas Tuesday and then over southwestern Louisiana on Wednesday. The storm is expected to weaken by the time it hits Louisiana which could dump approximately 20 inches of rain. Officials in Houston barricaded more than 40 locations that tend to flood, said Mayor Sylvester Turner.
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