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.
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.
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.
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.