Tracking the Tropics: Nicholas weakens to a tropical depression; Life threatening flooding possible in Louisiana

WSAV Hurricane Central

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — September 10th marked the official peak of hurricane season and there is no doubt that we are in it! In the Atlantic Basin, we are watching three tropical disturbances and now a tropical storm. Our N named storm – Nicholas – formed late Sunday morning.

Tracking Nicholas

Nicholas made landfall as a category 1 hurricane early Tuesday morning along the Matagorda Peninsula. Nicholas was able to strengthen into a hurricane before landfall because the center of the storm was able to remain over warm waters, even though the western side was dealing with some land interaction.

As of 11 pm Tuesday, Nicholas is a weak tropical storm with maximum sustained wind of 35 mph. The storm is slowing down and only moving to the ENE at 6 mph. As it moves along the Texas coastline, it will continue to slow down and crawl along the coast.

Nicholas made landfall just before 2 am Tuesday morning and rain totals along the coast of Texas, like in areas of Galveston and Lake Jackson, are up to 8-10″ already. The rain is not done. Because Nicholas and eventually the remnants of Nicholas will be at a crawling speed, rain totals will be able to add up quickly.

Pockets of 20″ are still not out of the question.

There will be no direct threat here in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry. The added tropical moisture will give us scattered showers and storms Wednesday and Thursday.

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