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Nicholas weakens into a depression as it tracks across Southeast Texas Tuesday evening

Still expected to bring heavy rainfall to parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and other areas near the north-central Gulf Coastline.
Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 10:49 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2021 at 10:49 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - After strengthening into a Category 1 hurricane Monday night, the center of Nicholas made landfall along the Texas Coast -- about 10 miles west-southwest of Sargent Beach early Tuesday morning. Since then, the storm has weakened into a tropical depression Tuesday evening as it tracks over the extreme southeastern portions of the Lone Star State.

As of the 10pm and final update from the National Hurricane Center on Nicholas:

LocationMax WindDirectionPressure
~ 15 miles WNW of Port Arthur, TX35 mphENE at 6 mph1004 mb
10pm update from the National Hurricane Center
10pm update from the National Hurricane Center(KBTX)

While Nicholas has weakened considerably since making landfall thanks to dry air and the system’s interaction with land, the depression continues to bring widespread rain to parts of Louisiana and Mississippi Tuesday night.

Nicholas will continue its eastward crawl toward the state line tonight, taking the bulk of its tropical moisture along with it, but just enough moisture may be left in our area to aid in some isolated afternoon shower development over the course of the week, but no significant accumulation is expected at this point.

Monday Night Update:

As of the 10pm Monday update, the Tropical Storm Watch that was in effect for Austin & Waller counties has been canceled. A Flash Flood Watch still remains in place for Austin and Waller counties until 7pm Tuesday.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Nicholas is expected to make landfall along the Texas coast through the overnight ahead of moving over parts of southeast Texas Tuesday and then into southwestern Louisiana by Wednesday.

Hurricane-force-winds extend outwards up to 25 miles from the center. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.

Even though the forecasted path of the system is still slated to track to the southeast of the Brazos Valley, the large wind field associated with Hurricane Nicholas still looks to bring breezy conditions into the area through the overnight hours and Tuesday. Winds gusting upwards of 20-30 mph will be possible across portions of the Brazos Valley, with gusts upwards of 35 mph+ possible in our far southern and eastern counties.

In terms of rainfall -- the farther south and east the center of circulation tracks, the lower the chances for tropical downpours in the Brazos Valley over the next 24 hours. The best chance to find some tropical downpour activity will sit in the southern and eastern reaches of the area, with rain chances tapering off farther north and west.

We’ll be tracking this system through the overnight and into Tuesday as Nicholas moves across southeast Texas. Tune in to BVTM Tuesday for the latest, or find updates here and on your KBTX PinPoint Weather App.

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