WASHINGTON – An Atlantic hurricane named Nichols has been converted from a tropical storm to a hurricane as it moves toward the southeast coast of Texas.
The National Hurricane Center says that Nichols is about 30 kilometers southeast of Matagorda, Texas, carrying maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour, making it a Category 1 hurricane on a five-scale scale. Measures maximum sustained wind speed and destructive potential. It is the sixth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.
Nichols, which has already begun producing heavy rain and strong winds in parts of Texas and neighboring Louisiana, is expected to make landfall along the Texas coast before Tuesday morning. 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.