TEXAS (September 13, 2021)—Tropical Storm Nicholas could become a hurricane by the time it reaches the Texas coast Monday night, according to a 7 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center. The storm’s maximum winds reached 70 miles per hour Monday evening just off the coast of Matagorda Bay. Winds over 74 miles per hour would make the storm a Category 1 hurricane.
In Matagorda Beach, the storm has already flooded streets with strong rain gusts and debris from the beach, according to a video by meteorologist and storm chaser Reed Timmer on Twitter. Timmer warns that the storm could create surges of two to four feet of water, or even higher.
“Even if it’s a tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane, this is going to be a life-threatening surge,” Timmer said in the video.
Heavy winds also picked up in Freeport with steady rainfall, according to a video by ABC Houston reporter Stefania Okolie on Twitter. — Kailyn Rhone and Mitchell Ferman
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