Texas, Louisiana Bracing for Tropical Storm Nicholas

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 On the heels of Ida, parts of the Texas gulf and southwestern Louisiana are under a hurricane watch due to the looming Tropical Storm Nicholas.

A hurricane watch is in effect due to Tropical Storm Nicholas aiming towards the Texas gulf and southwestern Louisiana.  

The National Weather Service said Nicholas could possibly bring “life-threatening storm surges, isolated tornadoes, and significant heavy rain up to 20 inches in places.”  

According to the National Hurricane Center, the tropical storm could strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall on Monday in the northwest Gulf Coast of Texas. Nicholas has projected tropical storm  speeds of 115 mph. 

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Parts of Texas and Louisiana are also on the watch for flash floods.  

“Rainfall amounts in excess of 10-15 inches with isolated higher totals are expected through the end of the day on Tuesday in some locations,” said the National Weather Service office in Houston. “Rather than fall in an even distribution, heavy rainfall will put down significant totals in relatively short periods, which enhances the threat of flash flooding.”  

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Sunday in preparation of the tropical storm.  

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“The most severe threat to Louisiana is in the Southwest portion of the state, where recovery from Hurricane Laura and the May flooding is ongoing,” Edwards said. “In this area heavy rain and flash flooding are possible. However, it is also likely that all of South Louisiana will see heavy rain this week, including areas recently affected by Hurricane Ida.”  

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