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Tropical Storm Nicholas Brings Heavy Rain to Texas Coast

Leaving many Houstonians without power.

By Shelby Stewart September 13, 2021

Hurricane season is not over.

The city of Houston and surrounding areas have been on storm watch since last Friday, with the news of Tropical Storm Nicholas heading to the Texas coast this evening. The National Hurricane Center shared an alert that the tropical storm would hit parts of Texas and Louisiana on Monday, with heavy rainfall and "considerable flash and urban flooding."

The National Weather Service for Houston and Galveston reports that heavy rain will continue throughout the week. According to the NHC, the storm is expected to have a total of eight to 16 inches, with isolated amounts of up to 20 inches. 

Forecasters project that more inland areas like Harris County can still expect tropical-storm-force winds by late Monday night or early Tuesday.

Nicholas marks the 14th named storm in the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.  The tropical storm formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and is expected to strengthen until it reaches the northwestern part of the Gulf Coast on Monday night or early Tuesday morning. 

In addition to the storm warning, a hurricane watch is also in effect for the coast of Texas, with the danger of a life-threatening storm surge from Freeport to Port Aransas. 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott raised the state's emergency alert level and readied incident management teams. "The State of Texas has deployed resources ahead of this tropical system, which is expected to impact the Gulf Coast beginning on Sunday," said Abbott. "We will continue to closely monitor this storm and take all necessary precautions to keep Texans safe. I encourage Texans to follow the guidance and warnings of their local officials and be mindful of potential heavy rain and flooding."


September 14

According to the NHC, Tropical Storm Nicholas made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on Monday night, causing heavy rainfall impacting the upper coast of Texas and other coastal areas. While the storm's impact didn't largely affect the Houston area, many are currently left without power. 

The storm is expected to weaken to a tropical depression as it moves east, towards Louisiana. Houston residents should expect scattered showers, and gusts of wind. Winds should weaken as we head into the evening. All storm watches and warnings have expired. 

More updates to come.

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