Storm Nicholas threatens US Gulf Coast

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Tropical Storm Nicholas is headed towards the Texas coast, threatening to bring heavy rain and floods to coastal areas of Texas, Mexico and storm-battered Louisiana.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said a hurricane watch was issued on Sunday night for the central portion of the Texas coast with much of the state's coastline now under a tropical storm warning.

Nicholas is expected to approach the middle Texas coast late on Monday and could bring heavy rain that could cause flash floods and urban flooding.

Nicholas over several days is expected to produce up to 25cm of rain in Texas and southwest Louisiana, with isolated maximum amounts of 50cm, across portions of coastal Texas beginning Sunday night through midweek.

The storm was expected to bring the heaviest rainfall west of where Hurricane Ida slammed into Louisiana two weeks ago.

It is is projected to move slowly up the coast land which could dump torrential amounts of rain over several days.

Nicholas is the 14th named storm of 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

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