Nicholas Made Landfall in Texas as a Category 1 Hurricane, Brings Flooding Threat to South

Nicholas made landfall as a category 1 hurricane around 1:30am EST in the Eastern Matagorda Peninsula, about 10 miles WSW of Sargent Beach, Texas.

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This makes the 2nd land-falling hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Hurricane Ida was the first just a few weeks ago. This is the 6th hurricane in the Atlantic basin this season and the 14th named storm.

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The National Weather Service in Houston has estimated that more than a foot of rain has fallen across parts of Galveston with 5-7″ of rainfall across parts of southeast Texas, including Houston.

Flash Flood Warnings are in effect with more than 300,000 without power.

Nicholas doesn’t have much of a steering mechanism so it will meander along the Gulf coast through Louisiana Thursday. A Flash Flood Watch extends through much of Louisana and the Alabama and Missippi coasts as an additional 5-10″ of rain will be possible.

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You can track the latest on Tropical Storm Nicholas and what’s next in the tropics as we move through peak hurricane season by downloading the WCCB Weather App.