State agencies prepare for Tropical Storm Nicholas

State agencies prepare for Tropical Storm Nicholas
State agencies prepare for Tropical Storm Nicholas Photo credit GettyImages

Tropical Storm Nicholas is expected to make landfall Monday night along the Texas Coast. The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm will make landfall near Corpus Christi late Monday or early Tuesday morning and move north and east toward Houston.

Governor Greg Abbott has activated the Texas State Operations Center to coordinate the response among state and local agencies.

"As this storm approaches Texas, I urge our Southeast Texas and Gulf Coast communities to prepare now to protect themselves and their loved ones from the severe weather conditions that Tropical Storm Nicholas will bring," Abbott wrote in a statement.

Monday morning, tropical storm warnings stretched from the Rio Grande to an area east of Houston. A tropical storm watch ran along the rest of the Texas coast into Louisiana.

The National Hurricane Center predicts widespread areas of 6-10 inches of rain from Corpus Christi into Louisiana with isolated areas receiving up to 15 inches.

Among resources activated by the governor's order:

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force One): 6 Swift Water Rescue Boat Squads and 8 Overhead Packages.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Game Warden Boat Teams.
Texas Military Department: 5 Ground Transportation Platoons With High Profile Vehicles.
Texas Department of State Health Services: Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) Severe Weather Packages.

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Additional resources are now on standby and could be activated after the storm makes landfall:

Texas A&M Forest Service: Saw Crews and Incident Management Teams.
Texas Department of Transportation: Monitoring Road Conditions And Prepositioned Water-Filled Barriers.
Texas Department of Public Safety: Texas Highway Patrol Search And Rescue Aircraft and The Tactical Marine Unit.
Public Utility Commission: Power Outage Monitoring And Coordination With Utility Providers.

The National Hurricane Center says winds up to 60 miles an hour are possible. Corpus Christi Bay and Galveston Bay could see storm surges of 2-4 feet; Matagorda Bay and the coast from Port O'Connor and San Luis Pass, at the southern edge of Galveston Island, could see storm surges of 3-5 feet.