The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is reporting that Tropical Storm Nicholas has increased in strength with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph as of the 7 a.m. advisory Monday morning. A hurricane watch has been posted from Port Aransas to Freeport, and a tropical storm warning from Brownsville to Houston. The NHC is predicting heavy rainfall across portions of Texas and Louisiana through Wednesday along with life-threatening storm surge in the hurricane watch areas. TS Nicholas is expected to nearly reach hurricane strength as it makes landfall in the middle Texas coastline.
Currently TS Nicholas is near Brownsville, Texas.
The NHC is predicting 8 to 16 inches of rain around the Houston area and along the ship channel and Galveston Bay up to a 4 foot storm surge.
Lake Houston’s emergency plans were enacted and crews lowered the level of the lake from 42 inches to 41 inches. If forecasted rainfall climbs another inches, the lake will be lowered by another three inches.