Hurricane Nicholas hits Texas coast with 20in of rain forecast
Downgraded to a tropical storm after landfall, the slow-moving system is drenching the same area hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017
Hurricane Nicholas hit the Texas coast early on Tuesday, forecast to dump up to 20in of rain along the same area swamped by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, drenching storm-battered Louisiana and potentially causing life-threatening flash floods across the deep south.
Nicholas made landfall on the eastern part of the Matagorda peninsula and was soon downgraded to a tropical storm. It was about 30 miles south-south-west of Houston, Texas, with maximum winds of 70mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami. Nicholas was the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.