Tropical Storm Nicholas is expected to make landfall Monday evening predominately impacting the Gulf Coast region of Texas and parts of Louisiana.
According to a report by the National Hurricane Center, Nicholas is expected to produce 8 to 16 inches of total rainfall and isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches, across portions of the middle and upper Texas coastal areas through the middle of the week. Furthermore, life-threatening flash flooding is expected especially in parts of Lake Jackson and Freeport, TX.
In addition to the coast, Houston and surrounding areas can also expect some heavy rains and flooding from TS Nicholas.
Elected officials are advising residents to stay off the road after sundown and take TS Nicholas seriously.
In a press conference Monday morning, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said if you’re driving and the road is flooded, turn around, don’t drown.
“ It’s one thing to be out during the day when you can see a lot better,” Sylvester said. “It’s another thing to be out and about in the night and the early morning hours.”
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo released a statement on Sunday evening also reminding Houstonians to get ready for the storm.
“Remember; it doesn’t take a Cat 5 hurricane to cause serious flooding here. Clear those drains now and bookmark readyharris.org for updates on flood gauges and levels near you,” Hidalgo wrote.
Since the worst of the storm is expected to hit Monday night, Houston Independent School District and others along the coast have already cancelled school for Tuesday Sept. 14.
According to FEMA, here is a shortlist on how to prepare: Pack emergency first aid kits, flashlights, batteries, non-perishable foods, water, medicine, blankets, important documents, and personal hygiene items. Additionally, generators and cell phone chargers are important for possible power outages.