Alarms are sounding. Tropical Storm Nicholas is making landfall just south of Galveston, Texas. AccuWeather forecasters said the storm could produce a significant flooding threat around the greater Houston area. Local authorities are predicting up to 20" of rain. Flooding is almost certain.
Nicholas has maximum sustained winds of 60+ mph and is slowly moving to the north at a speed of 5 mph. Tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 115 miles from the center of Nicholas.
A hurricane watch covered areas from Port Aransas to Freeport, Texas, while a tropical storm warning was in effect for the coast of Texas from the mouth of the Rio Grande to High Island, Texas, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. A tropical storm watch was issued for areas from the mouth of the Rio Grande to Port Aransas, Texas, and storm surge warnings were in place for parts of the Texas coast.
A state of emergency was declared in Louisiana while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott raised the state's emergency alert level and readied incident management teams which included swift water rescue boat squads.
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