Tropical Storm Nicholas, which formed on Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico, could bring heavy rains to coastal Texas and Louisiana on Monday and Tuesday as the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season continues to strengthen, the National Hurricane Center said.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of Texas, from the mouth of the Rio Grande to Freeport, Texas, about 60 miles south of Houston, the center said. Mexico has also issued a tropical storm warning from Barra El Mezquital north to the U.S.-Mexico border.
A hurricane watch is also in effect for the coast of Texas, from San Luis Pass to Port Aransas, about 40 miles east of Corpus Christi, the center said.
Nicholas could produce rainfall totals of eight to 16 inches, with isolated amounts of up to 20 inches, across portions of coastal Texas on Sunday and lasting through the middle of the week, the hurricane center said.
In southwest Louisiana and parts of eastern Texas, the storm could produce rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches, which could cause “considerable flash and urban flooding,” the hurricane center said.
Forecasters said the center of the storm is expected to pass on Monday near or just offshore the coasts of northeastern Mexico and the southern parts of Texas. By early Tuesday morning, the storm will move onshore the southern and central coasts of Texas.
Nicholas is expected to strengthen until it reaches the northwestern part of the Gulf Coast on Monday night or early Tuesday morning, the center said. At 5 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, the storm was moving north-northwest at 40 miles per hour.
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SOURCE: The New York Times