TROPICAL Storm Nicholas strengthened as it closed in on the Gulf Coast on Monday, threatening to bring heavy rains and life-threatening flash flooding to Texas and Louisiana.
Nicholas, with sustained winds of 60 mph, was centered around 45 miles southeast of the Rio Grande, in Texas, early Monday and was heading northwest.
Storm trackers show it is forecast to make landfall by Monday night and where it could reach near-hurricane intensity, the National Hurrican Center (NHC) said.
The NHC warned of “life-threatening storm surge inundation” along the coast of Texas from Port Aransas to San Luis Pass.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted on Sunday night that the state had already begun mobilizing resources due to the threats of heavy rains, winds, and potential floods posed by Nicholas.
“Heed warnings from local officials and be sure to avoid high water,” he added.
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