San Francisco Chronicle
Major storm threatening Texas coast
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.