For Americans living in the deepest part of the south, this summer has been a rough, wet mess.
Hurricane season in the United States is always an iffy time of year for folks living near the Gulf of Mexico, with a number of major storms battering the area over the course of several months. 2021 was no exception, with Hurricane Ida making landfall in Louisiana just a scant few weeks ago, knocking out power to over 1 million people during one of the hottest times of the year.
Now, as recovery efforts continue, another storm is set to soak the south.
Tropical Storm Nicholas in the western Gulf of Mexico will be a major rainfall flood threat to parts of the Texas and Louisiana coasts, in addition to strong wind gusts and storm surge.
Nicholas is centered about 250 miles south-southeast of the border between Texas and Mexico. It’s helping to produce widespread showers and thunderstorms throughout a broad area of the western Gulf of Mexico right now. Some bands of rain associated with Nicholas have already spread into the Texas and Louisiana coasts.
The storm could still strengthen as well.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued along the coast of Texas from the mouth of the Rio Grande River to High Island, as well as some inland counties near the Texas coast and the southeast Houston metro area. This means tropical-storm-force winds (39+ mph) are expected in these areas beginning as soon as Monday morning farther south and Monday night farther north.Advertisement - story continues below
A hurricane watch is also now in effect for a part of the middle Texas coast, from Port Aransas to Freeport. Hurricane conditions could occur in this area by Monday night.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Texas, Louisiana, and beyond.