Nicholas strengthens to hurricane ahead of Texas landfall

Tropical Storm Nicholas strengthened right into a Class 1 hurricane late Monday night time — simply hours earlier than it was anticipated to slam into the Texas coast and make landfall within the state.

The storm was packing sustained winds of 75 mph and is anticipated to drench parts of the center and higher Texas coast with rains that would trigger substantial flooding.

Shortly earlier than midnight, Nicholas was situated about 45 miles southwest of Freeport, in line with the Nationwide Hurricane Middle.

The hurricane was transferring north-northeast at a clip of about 10 mph, however is anticipated to decelerate over land — ultimately making its approach eastward towards southwestern Louisiana by about Wednesday, the NHC stated.

Hurricane warnings are at the moment in impact from Port O’Connor to Freeport in Texas. Tropical storm and storm surge warnings had been additionally issued for components of the state.

A Houston Police Department employee works at the city's emergency operations center as Tropical Storm Nicholas moves towards the Texas coast.
A Houston Police Division worker works on the metropolis’s emergency operations middle as Tropical Storm Nicholas strikes in direction of the Texas coast.

Earlier than the storm even made landfall, 50,000 prospects in Texas had been already with out energy, in line with the utility monitoring website

Six to 12 inches of rain had been forecast alongside the center and higher Texas coast. Remoted most quantities of 18 inches are potential.

Different sections of southeast Texas and south-central Louisiana and southern Mississippi may get 4 to eight inches of rain within the coming days.

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Palm trees in Corpus Christi blow in the wind ahead of Tropical Storm Nicholas.
Palm timber in Corpus Christi blow within the wind forward of Tropical Storm Nicholas.

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