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Texas Deploying Resources Ahead Of Tropical Storm Nicholas, Potential Flooding

 Satellite image of Tropical Storm Nicholas
Satellite image of Tropical Storm Nicholas

This post has been updated.

Tropical Storm Nicholas is expected to make landfall Monday night, potentially near hurricane status, on the mid to upper Texas coast.

At 10 a.m. Monday the storm was 100 miles off the coast from Port Arthur with sustained winds of 60 mph. Nicholas was moving north at 12 mph.

The National Hurricane Center reports heavy rainfall will impact portions of the Texas and Louisiana coasts through the middle of the week, potentially resulting in life-threatening flash flooding in metropolitan areas. There is also the danger of a life-threatening storm surge from Port Aransas to Sabine Pass. Warnings and watches are posted along the Texas coast.

Corpus Christi has seen a windy, rainy day.

"We had just over 3 inches of rain actually today alone and we could easily see another couple inches of rain on top of that. But so long as it keeps tracking to out to our east we should not be seeing as much as a significant rainfall threat here," said Matt Ziebell, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service at Corpus Christi.

At least half a foot of rain is expected along the mid to upper Texas Coast from Corpus Christi to Houston with higher rainfall amounts in some isolated areas.

Ziebell said high winds could cause power outages. Winds were forecast to gust to near 40 mph in Corpus Christi this afternoon.

"Right know, we're telling residents there is potential there for some scattered power outages because there will be several hours of these kinds of winds picking up," he said.

The City's Emergency Operations Center reports barricades have been positioned near the Marina, North Beach, Flour Bluff and Las Colonias near La Volla Creek.

High water rescue vehicles have also been staged near areas prone to flooding, and city crews cleared street drains.

Corpus Christi city officials offered sandbags to residents over the weekend as long as supplies lasted. Residents were also encouraged to wait until morning to put out trash carts due to high winds and flooding. Communities on the coast are preparing for flooding. Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales encouraged residents to take necessary precautions.

“While we are taking immediate action on the beach, heavy, extended rainfall is possible, and flooding is possible throughout the county. Conditions may change quickly; take action now to protect your property and loved ones," Canales said in a press release.

Scott Tanzer is owner of Port A Beach Buggies in Port Aransas near Corpus. He said some businesses have shut down early in advance of the storm and are preparing for high winds and flooding.

“We are expecting some coastal flooding which is pretty popular around here because we’re on a sandbar, so our town, when hit that driving rain that’s the 1, 2, 3 inches per hour we do flood," Tanzer said. "But town drains off pretty quickly once its stops, especially the main drag of town called Alister street. It drains off pretty well.”

The San Antonio area is predicted to receive rain as well, with the highest chances of precipitation on Monday and Tuesday.

The State of Texas has deployed resources ahead of the storm, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.

“We will continue to closely monitor this storm and take all necessary precautions to keep Texans safe. I encourage Texans to follow the guidance and warnings of their local officials and be mindful of potential heavy rain and flooding," he said in a press release.

The State Operations Center will operate at Level II to support local response efforts in the Gulf Coast region. Resources activated include swift water rescue boat squads, game warden boat teams, and ground transportation platoons with high profile vehicles.

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Brian Kirkpatrick has been a journalist in Texas most of his life, covering San Antonio news since 1993, including the deadly October 1998 flooding, the arrival of the Toyota plant in 2003, and the base closure and realignments in 2005.
Jerry Clayton