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Major storm threatenin­g Texas coast

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Tropical Storm Nicholas formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, threatenin­g heavy rain and flooding in coastal areas of Texas, Louisiana and Mexico.

Forecaster­s at the National Hurricane Center said surge warnings were issued for coastal Texas. Nicholas is expected to bring rainfall of 5 to 10 inches, with up to 15 inches in some area of coastal Texas into southweste­rn Louisiana on Sunday through midweek. A hurricane watch was issued in Texas from Port Aransas to Sargent.

The storm is projected to move slowly up the coast which could dump torrential amounts of rain over several days, said meteorolog­ist Donald Jones of the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, La.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott placed rescue teams and emergency medical groups on standby along the length of the Texas Gulf Coast. “We will continue to closely monitor this storm and take all necessary precaution­s to keep Texans safe,” Abbott said.

The threat of a new storm surge comes two weeks after Hurricane Ida slammed into Louisiana, toppling homes, paralyzing electrical and water infrastruc­ture and leaving at least 26 people dead.

Bob Henson, a meteorolog­ist at Yale Climate Connection­s, said the heaviest rainfall would mostly likely hit southeaste­rn Texas and southweste­rn Louisiana over the next several days.

“Further east, there could be several inches of rain across southeast Louisiana, where Ida struck,” Henson said.

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Sean Gallup / Getty Images Members of an honor guard attend an open-air Mass with Pope Francis in Budapest. The pontiff offered a veiled critique of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-immigratio­n policies.

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