Hurricane Nicholas makes landfall along upper Texas coast, drops to Tropical Storm

Nicholas makes landfall on upper Texas coast
Nicholas makes landfall on upper Texas coast Photo credit National Weather Service

( 1080 KRLD) -- Tropical Storm Nicholas became a brief category 1 hurricane as it made landfall earlier this morning along the upper Texas coast, just southwest of Houston with sustained winds reaching 75mph.

As of the 7 a.m. advisory, Nicholas is now a strong tropical storm with winds at 60mph, centered about 15 miles south-southwest of Houston. The storm is moving very slowly to the north-northeast, and will continue doing so through the day.

Nicholas is a very lopsided storm with all the precipitation on the north and east side of the center of circulation. The flooding rains will stay out of Houston, but will inundate Beaumont/Port Arthur into southwest Louisiana through the day.

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Between 8-10 inches of rain have fallen in the coastal counties, with roughly 3-6 inches in the metro Houston area.

Some scattered showers may work their way into the eastern part of the Austin metro, but otherwise we'll expect to see some clouds with sun throughout the day with the majority of Nicholas' impacts in far east Texas.

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