Nicholas downgrades to Tropical Storm after making landfall in south Texas as category 1 hurricane

After making landfall as a Category 1 Hurricane in the Matagorda region, Nicholas is now a Tropical Storm along most of the Gulf Coast, including the Houston and Montgomery County areas.

Conroe, September 14 – The center of Tropical Storm Nicholas was located near latitude 29.3 North, longitude 95.6 West with maximum sustained winds near 70 miles per hour and higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The NHC predicts, “Nicholas should weaken further today and is forecast to become a tropical depression by Wednesday.”

The storm, which made landfall in the Matagorda area as a Category 1 Hurricane, should move more slowly today to the northeast and then eastward by Wednesday over Louisiana.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles from the center of the storm. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency station at Galveston Bay reported a 1-minute sustained wind of 54 miles per hour gusting to 68 miles per hour just before 4 a.m. this morning.

Flash flooding is a serious possibility.

Harris County has closed for the day. Montgomery County school districts have all closed today. The Montgomery County government has NOT closed. The City of Conroe’s facilities will open at 11 a.m. today.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared an emergency and disaster in seventeen (17) Texas counties: Aransas, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, and Victoria.


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