Tropical Storm Nicholas gained strength Monday as it threatened to make landfall in Texas as a hurricane, potentially dumping up to 20 inches of rain to parts of the Gulf Coast.
The storm, which saw top winds reach 60 mph, was “moving erratically” with its center roughly 70 miles southeast of Port Aransas, Texas on Monday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said.
“Listen to local weather alerts and heed local advisories about the right and safe thing to do, and you’ll make it through this storm just like you’ve had many other storms,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at a news conference.
Forecasters said the storm was moving north at 12 mph on a track to pass near the South Texas coast later in the day, then move onshore in the evening.
If the winds reach 74 mph, Nicholas would become a Category 1 hurricane.
A hurricane watch was issued from Port Aransas to San Luis Pass, with isolated parts of middle and upper Texas potentially seeing as much as 20 inches of rain.
Parts of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana could see heavy rainfall in the coming days, including west of where Hurricane Ida tore through Louisiana two weeks ago.
“The most severe threat to Louisiana is in the southwest portion of the state, where recovery from Hurricane Laura and the May flooding is ongoing,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said.
With Post wires