Hurricane Nicholas makes landfall in Texas after turning into category 1 storm
Hurricane Nicholas made landfall along the Texas coast on Tuesday, bringing the threat of up to 20 inches of rainfall to parts of the Gulf Coast, including the same area hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and storm-battered Louisiana.
Bringing windspeeds of up to 75 mph (120 kph), Nicholas touched down on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula, about 10 miles west-southwest of Sargent Beach, Texas, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
The storm, putting a majority of the coastline under tropical storm warnings, is expected to bring up to 20 inches of rain to parts of the Gulf Coast and poses a threat of flash flooding and urban flooding. Houston is bracing for heavy rain and officials deployed high-water rescue vehicles throughout the city and barricaded more than 40 location likely to flood.
School districts including Houston’s canceled classes for Tuesday due to the storm, many COVID-19 testing and vaccination facilities in the city and also closed.