Hurricane Nicholas makes landfall in Texas: Over 200,000 without power in state

Hurricane Nicholas made landfall near Sargent Beach, Texas, Tuesday morning — threatening to bring up to 18 inches of rainfall and flooding to parts of the state and Louisiana, per the National Hurricane Center.

What's happening: Heavy rains, high winds and "dangerous" storm surges were ongoing, said the NHC, confirming just before 2a.m. that the Category 1 hurricane had hit the state. Nearly 200,000 customers had lost power in Texas by 3:30 a.m., per the utility tracking site poweroutage.us.


Threat level: A hurricane warning was in effect from Port O'Connor to Freeport in Texas, and a hurricane watch was issued for Freeport to San Luis Pass in the state.

  • Most of the Texas coastline was under a tropical storm warning amid the threat of possible flash flooding and urban flooding.
  • Storm surge watches and warnings were in effect in the region, as well as in Louisiana, from Sabine Pass to Rutherford Beach.
  • "A tornado or two will be possible today along the upper Texas and southwest Louisiana coast," the NHC said.

State of play: The storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 75mph, as the center of the storm moved about 25 miles west-southwest of Freeport at 2a.m. ET, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory.

  • 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 Corpus Christi closed, AP notes.
  • The storm forced British singer Harry Styles to cancel his concert, which was due to be held in Houston on Monday evening.

What to watch: "Nicholas is expected to produce storm total rainfall of 6 to 12 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 18 inches, across the upper Texas coastal areas into Wednesday," the NHC said.

  • The storm is expected to weaken over the next couple of days as it moves over land, according to the agency.
  • "Across interior southeast Texas into southern-central Louisiana and southern Mississippi, rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches with locally higher amounts near 10 inches are expected into Thursday," the NHC said.
  • "This rainfall may produce areas of considerable flash and urban flooding."

Of note: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued a state disaster declaration for 17 counties on Monday.

  • President Biden on Monday evening approved a disaster declaration for Louisiana, which is still reeling from last month's deadly Hurricane Ida.

Background: Nicholas made landfall some three hours after the National Hurricane Center upgraded it from a tropical storm.

  • It formed as a tropical storm in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.


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