Hurricane Nicholas makes landfall in Matagorda County

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The storm was upgraded Monday night and is bringing strong wind, storm surge and heavy rain.

HOUSTON — Hurricane Nicholas made landfall along the Texas coast early Tuesday morning. The Category 1 storm came ashore near Sargent in eastern Matagorda County, according to the National Hurricane Center.

With the 1 a.m. update, Nicholas had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was moving to the north-northeast at 10 mph. It’s been causing power outages on Galveston Island and other spots along the coast.

The track takes Nicholas through Brazoria County and Galveston County. It slows it down as it nears the Texas-Louisiana border.

The storm made a turn to the north-northeast just before 10 p.m. The turn was a bit unexpected and has kept the center just off the coast. 

It’s also shifting the track further to the east. This may send most of the heavier rain and flooding potential further east than earlier anticipated. 

It appears the upper level winds out of the west may have given Nicholas this little bump to the east. Small shifts in track have large impacts on exactly which parts of the area will see the heaviest wind and rain.

Chief Meteorologist David Paul and Meteorologist Addison Green were tracking the storm for KHOU 11 News at 10 p.m. You can watch their forecast here:

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Conditions from Hurricane Nicholas

Reporter Zack Tawatari was reporting from Galveston, where the wind was picking up.

And in Palacios, Xavier Walton was in a spot seeing the worst of Nicholas, where wind was knocking down power lines.

And reporter Matt Dougherty was moving across the Houston area in our weather tracker, checking conditions.

Forecast cone and timing for Hurricane Nicholas

The latest forecast cone, which you can see below, shows the storm will come ashore early Tuesday. The Houston area could get wind gusts in excess of 40-50 mph. The center of the storm will pass right over downtown Houston Tuesday.

Watches and warnings

Expected rainfall totals for Hurricane Nicholas

These are the rainfall estimates as of 11:30 p.m. Monday.

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Key messages from the National Hurricane Center – 10 p.m. 

1. Heavy rainfall will impact portions of southeastern Texas, Louisiana, and southern Mississippi through the middle of the week. Significant rainfall amounts are expected, potentially resulting in areas of life-threatening flash and urban flooding, along the eastern Texas coast into southwestern Louisiana.  Minor to isolated major river flooding is also possible in smaller river basins and urban areas.

2. There is the danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation along the coast of Texas from Port Aransas to Sabine Pass. Residents in these areas should follow any advice given by local officials.

3. Hurricane conditions are expected within the Hurricane Warning area and Tropical storm conditions are expected with the Tropical Storm Warning area along the Texas coast.