Washington: Hurricane Nicholas officially made landfall on the southeast coast of Texas early Tuesday.
The National Hurricane Center says Nichols made landfall on the eastern side of Texas’s Matagorda Peninsula shortly after midnight local time (0530 GMT) about 15 kilometers west-southwest of Sargent Beach, says the National Hurricane Center.
The storm is carrying maximum sustained winds of 120 kph, making it a Category 1 hurricane on a five-level scale that measures the hurricane’s maximum sustained wind speed and destructive potential. It is the sixth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.
Nichols began producing heavy rain and strong winds in parts of Texas and neighboring Louisiana even before it made landfall. Forecasters expect the storm to travel along a northeast path out of downtown Houston before moving into Louisiana during the day.
Forecasters have issued storm watches and warnings and storm surge warnings for many communities along the Texas coast, with the potential for life-threatening conditions such as flash floods. By Wednesday, Nicholas is expected to receive 15 to 30 cm of rain in the region.
The National Hurricane Center also says “a tornado or two” is likely along the upper Texas and southwest Louisiana coast as of Tuesday morning.
The flood-prone city of Houston was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, which dropped 152 centimeters (60 inches) of rain over the city in four days.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said during a news conference in Houston, “Listen to local weather alerts and heed local advice on how to do what’s right and safe, and you’ll make it through this storm just like you’ve done many There have been other storms.” Monday.
Forecasters say Nicolas is likely to weaken gradually over the next two or three days.
Some information for this report has been obtained from The Associated Press.