HOUSTON – Tropical storm Nicholas is forecast to strengthen today (Monday) and could reach the northwest Gulf Coast as a hurricane.
The forecast suggests it’s going to be a very wet start to the week for much of the Texas coast, including Houston.
According to National Hurricane Center, heavy rainfall will impact portions of the Texas and Louisiana coasts through the middle of the week. Significant rainfall amounts are possible, potentially resulting in areas of life-threatening flash and urban flooding, especially in highly urbanized metropolitan areas.
The NHC warned there is the danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation along the coast of Texas from Port Aransas to Sabine Pass.
“Nicholas is forecast to approach the middle Texas coast as a strong tropical storm by this evening, and could be near hurricane intensity at landfall,” the NHC added.
Texas Governor Gregg Abbott also took to Twitter urging communities to prepare for significant rainfall and potential flooding.
“The State Operations Center has increased its readiness and is prepared to assist local officials in their response to Tropical Storm Nicholas,” Governor Abbott in a statement released on Sunday. “As this storm approaches Texas, I urge our Southeast Texas and Gulf Coast communities to prepare now to protect themselves and their loved ones from the severe weather conditions that Tropical Storm Nicholas will bring.”
Texans are urged to follow these flood preparedness and safety tips during severe weather events:
• Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information here: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home
• Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
• Build an emergency supply kit. For more information on how to build a kit, visit: https://www.ready.gov/kit
• Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
• Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
• Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains, or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection. Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown.