On Sunday,- Tropical Storm Nicholas swirled over the Gulf of Mexico and moved northward with an expected landfall on Texas coast late Monday or early Tuesday, two weeks after Hurricane Ida hit coastal areas in neighboring Louisiana. Nicholas, which formed on Sunday as it approached the Gulf Coast as the 14th named storm of the busy, usual hurricane season, could bring up to a foot of rain by mid-week in parts of Texas and Louisiana, bringing more rain to areas already affected by Ida.
A storm surge warning for a 113-mile stretch of South Texas coastline from Port Aransas to Matagorda Bay on Sunday predicted immediate life-threatening flooding from high surf triggered by Tropical Storm Nicholas. Flash flooding along the western Gulf Coast is possible over the next 12 to 24 hours through Monday morning as the storm’s center approaches the northeastern coast of Mexico. A storm surge warning was in effect for much of the Texas coast north of Greater Houston.
Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center in Miami say a hurricane warning has been issued for the central part of the Texas coast, and much of the state coast is under a tropical storm warning. The warning was in effect along the Texas coast from the mouth of Rio Grande to Freeport, Texas about 60 miles south of Houston, said the Hurricane Center. Tropical storm warnings and clocks are also in effect for the state’s southern coast along the US-Mexico border, where Tropical Storm Nicholas has maximum wind speeds of 40 km / h and is expected to gradually build as it approaches land.
It is the latest in a very active tropical season that has wreaked havoc in many parts of the United States. A tropical storm is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico that brings heavy rains and significant flooding that will begin late Sunday and continues until at least Tuesday. Flash flood watch orders have already been issued for the central Texas coast and more are rising from Galveston into the Houston region.
Tropical moisture from the storm will cause scattered showers and thunderstorms along the western Gulf Coast through Sunday afternoon. Hurricane-force winds are expected Wednesday night through Wednesday, with a warning for the region north of San Luis passing west of Morgan City, Louisiana. A tropical depression or storm is expected to develop today or Monday in the western Gulf of Mexico, threatening flash floods along parts of the coasts of Texas and Louisiana.
The National Hurricane Center has issued its forecast for this storm. A tropical storm warning for the Gulf Coast and coastal cities along the Louisiana, Alabama and Florida borders, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and Greater New Orleans has been issued ; all severe impacts will stay away from Texas, where we will have high tides and a low probability of rain – until Friday.
In the next 48 hours, Claudette will move east-northeast, moving further from Texas, where the storm will move across southeast Louisiana and bring tropical storm gusts, flooding and rain to the region. The storm is expected to bring more rain than Hurricane Ida, which hit Louisiana two weeks ago.
Tropical Storm Nicholas headed towards the Texas coast on September 12, threatened to bring heavy rains and flooding to coastal Texas and Mexico as the storm ravaged Louisiana. At 8 p.m. EDT, the storm center was forecast to pass off the coast of northeastern Mexico and southern Texas on September 13 before hitting South Central Texas on September 13 and early September 14. The storms reached maximum wind speeds of 65 km / h and moved northwest at 19 km / h.
A storm surge watch has been put in place for Port Mansfield and High Island. Communities in the cone remain on high alert and are looking for updates on the landing. There will be rain, but there will be no Harvey-like flooding. All models agree that Hurricane Laura is coming, and it looks like it will be right on the Louisiana-Texas border. A tropical depression or storm that forming into a hurricane could very well be made given the strong winds in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, as it moves east into Louisiana and hot and dry weather will be had. A slight change of direction could make a big difference to what we see in the Houston and Galveston areas, so we will have to watch this storm closely throughout the day. Hurricane Harvey in Nederland, Texas was the wettest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the United States of America. In fact, the Texas state recorded a total of 60,058 inches of rain – a new record for the most precipitation ever recorded in a single storm system in the US. Forecasts for the storm Nicholas dropped 6.1 inches of rain on an isolated area of La Grange, Texas, about 90 miles south of Houston.
Hurricane Harvey was a devastating Category 4 hurricane which made landfall in August 2017 in Texas and Louisiana, causing catastrophic flooding and more than 100 deaths. Harvey 2005’s hurricane Katrina named it the costliest tropical cyclone recorded on record (NB: 1) and caused $125 billion in damage (2017 USD) from catastrophic rains that caused flooding in the Houston area and southeast Texas (1, 2), making it the costliest natural disaster in Texas at the time.
Enlarge Map of rainfall from the storm in the Houston-Beaumont area and in southeast Texas. BEAUMONT, Texas – Residents in far southeast Texas and west Louisiana are bracing for the worst effects of Hurricane Laura, which is forecast to make landfall Wednesday or early Thursday morning.
Nicholas is the 14th named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season that is currently peaking, five tropical disturbances in the Atlantic basin being observed. The National Hurricane Center marked an area of unrest in the western Gulf of Mexico as Invest 94L, a designation used to identify disorders that can develop into tropical depressions or storms.