Tropical Storm Nicholas track LIVE – Flash flood warning & hurricane watch for Texas & Louisiana as huge storm nears

TROPICAL Storm Nicholas strengthened as it closed in on the Gulf Coast on Monday, threatening to bring heavy rains and life-threatening flash flooding to Texas and Louisiana.

Nicholas, with sustained winds of 60 mph, was centered around 45 miles southeast of the Rio Grande, in Texas, early Monday and was heading northwest.

Storm trackers show it is forecast to make landfall by Monday night and where it could reach near-hurricane intensity, the National Hurrican Center (NHC) said.

The NHC warned of "life-threatening storm surge inundation" along the coast of Texas from Port Aransas to San Luis Pass.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted on Sunday night that the state had already begun mobilizing resources due to the threats of heavy rains, winds, and potential floods posed by Nicholas.

"Heed warnings from local officials and be sure to avoid high water," he added.

Read our Tropical Storm Nicholas live blog for the latest news and updates…

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    STATE OF EMERGENCY

    On Sunday, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency and urged residents of the Pelican State to "take necessary measures to protect their home or business from additional harm."

    Edwards added that the areas most impacted by Ida would likely feel the effects of Nicholas.

    The National Weather Service in New Orleans, an area ravaged by Ida, said there was potential for coastal flooding of up to 3 feet above normal conditions. The weather service also said flash flooding was possible.

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    HEAVY RAINFALL

    Houston could be blasted with 8 to 12 inches of rain, and nearby areas could see as much as 24 inches, according to AccuWeather.

    Parts of the middle and upper Texas coastline are expected to be pounded by up to 16 inches of rainfall, with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches through the middle of the week.

    Across the rest of coastal Texas into southwest Louisiana, rainfall of 5 to 10 inches is expected.

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    FEARS OF LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS

    The storm is forecast to make landfall by Monday night and where it could reach near-hurricane intensity, the National Hurrican Center (NHC) said.

    The NHC warned of "life-threatening storm surge inundation" along the coast of Texas from Port Aransas to San Luis Pass.

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    STORM STATS

    So far in 2021, the US has battled 14 tropical storms and seven hurricanes.

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    HOW MUCH DAMAGE DID HURRICANE IDA LEAVE BEHIND?

    Hurricane Ida barreled throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast at the beginning of September.

    At least 46 died across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast were reported as Hurricane Ida's remnants triggered historic flooding.

    On September 1, the storm's remnants produced a destructive tornado outbreak and catastrophic flash flooding in the Northeastern US.

    Flooding in New York City prompted the shutdown of much of the transportation system, killing 18 New Yorkers.

    The Category 4 hurricane became the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to strike Louisiana, only behind Hurricane Katrina.

    Ida is reportedly the sixth-costliest tropical storm on record, having caused at least $50billion in damages.

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    FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS

    Flash flood watches are now in effect from Brownsville, Texas, to Lake Charles, Louisiana.

    Between six and 10 inches of rain is forecast for Galveston, Texas, and Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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    14TH NAMED STORM

    Nicholas is the 14th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which is currently at its peak, with five tropical disturbances being monitored across the Atlantic basin.

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    TROPICAL STORM WARNING

    A tropical storm warning has come into effect for the or the coast of Texas from the mouth of the Rio Grande to High Island, Texas, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

    Storm surge warnings have also been put in place for the Texas coast.

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    SUSTAINED WINDS

    As of 12.30am ET on September 13, Nicholas was located about 115 miles northeast of La Pesca, Mexico.

    It has sustained maximum winds of 50mph, with tropical-force-winds extended outward up to 115 miles from the center of Nicholas.

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    HURRICANE WATCH

    A hurricane watch was issued for parts of the Texas Gulf on September 12, from Port Aransas to Freeport.

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    FLOODING AND RAINFALL

    Today, September 13, the tropical storm is set to bring flooding and rainfall to parts of the Texas and Louisiana coasts, as well as the potential for strong wind gusts and storm surge.

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    WHERE IS THE STORM NOW?

    Nicholas formed in the western section of the Gulf of Mexico and on Sunday, September 12 brought showers and thunderstorms throughout the western Gulf of Mexico.

    Some bands of rain associated with Nicholas have already spread to near the Texas and Louisiana coasts.

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