Hurricane Nicholas makes landfall in Texas: Over 100,000 without power in state

Hurricane Nicholas made landfall in Texas on Tuesday morning, near the Matagorda County community of Sargent, the National Weather Service said.

What’s happening: Heavy rain, high winds and “dangerous” storm surges were ongoing from the Category 1 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said just before 2a.m. ET. More than 100,000 customers had lost power in Texas, per the utility tracking site poweroutage.us.

1230 AM CDT 14 September — Hurricane #Nicholas has made landfall on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula, about 10 miles west-southwest of Sargent Beach, Texas. Maximum sustained winds were 75 MPH with higher gusts at landfall.

Latest: https://t.co/t0VkuDIHwk pic.twitter.com/Ymbk7CyUVE

— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 14, 2021
Nicholas was packing maximum sustained winds of 75mph, as the center of the storm moved about 25 miles west-southwest of Freeport at 2a.m. ET, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory.

Threat level: A hurricane warning was in effect from Port O’Connor to Freeport in Texas, and a hurricane watch was issued for Freeport to San Luis Pass in the state.

Storm surge watches and warnings were in effect for several parts of the Texas coast, as well as in Louisiana, from Sabine Pass to Rutherford Beach.”Nicholas is expected to produce storm total rainfall of 6 to 12 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 18 inches, across the upper Texas coastal areas into Wednesday,” the NHC said.

The big picture: Nicholas made landfall some three hours after the National Hurricane Center upgraded it from a tropical storm.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued a state disaster declaration for 17 counties on Monday.President Biden has approved a disaster declaration for Louisiana, which is still reeling from last month’s deadly Hurricane Ida.Nicholas had continued to strengthen after forming as a tropical storm in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

Editor’s note: This a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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