Hurricane Nicholas updates: Galveston Ferry operations suspended due to weather conditions

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The storm is expected to bring a lot of rain and powerful wind as it moves right over Houston.

HOUSTON — Hurricane Nicholas is edging closer to landfall. It’s expected to have a significant impact in Southeast Texas. In Houston, we can expect the heaviest rainfall and flood threat on Monday night and Tuesday with gusty winds as well.

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Harris County Meteorologist Jeff Lindner has advised people to stay off the roads as the worst of the weather moves in.

Updates are below from KHOU 11 meteorologists Tim Pandajis, Addison Green, Chita Craft and David Paul can be found here and on our YouTube page. We also have updates from local officials and any school district closings/cancelations.

Monday, September 13 updates:

11:47 p.m. — Galveston Ferry operations were suspended due to “deteriorating weather conditions.” Operations will resume when it’s safe to do so.

10:55 p.m. — Fort Bend County Judge K.P. George announced a news conference will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. They said they’ll discuss weather conditions related to Hurricane Nicholas.

10:25 p.m. — SH 87 in Gilcrest from the 900 block east to 124 is nearly impassable, according to the Galveston County OEM.

10 p.m. — In its 10 p.m. update,m the National Hurricane Center upgraded Nicholas to a Category 1 hurricane.

Flash flooding and powerful winds are expected as the storm approaches the coast.

9:46 p.m. A Flash Flood Warning was issued for parts of Brazoria, Matagorda and Galveston counties until 1:45 a.m. Tuesday.

9:26 p.m. Galveston is dealing with power outages on Monday night. According to CenterPoint, hundreds of residents were left without power on the west side of the Island.

Click here to check power outages in the Houston area.

9:26 p.m. — TxDOT announced it closed SH 332 at CR 690 (Levee Rd.) heading towards Surfside. Surfside is without power and water is coming over the dunes.

9:12 p.m. — Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo gave updates on the expectations from the storm. She said new forecasts have shown less rain may fall than initially expected.

She said winds would likely be a factor and CenterPoint is on standby ready to fix any outages that might come.

She urged residents to stay at home and said that if they have to drive, to avoid driving through water on the roads.

She asked people to use 911 for emergencies only.

8:45 p.m. — Tropical Storm Nicholas is expected to cause “extended power outages” as it moves across Southeast Texas with 70 mph winds, according to CenterPoint.

In a news conference Monday night, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said CenterPoint crews are ready and will restore power as quickly as possible.

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8:20 p.m. — Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and the Red Cross are establishing shelters in Harris County for those who need refuge in the wake of the storm.

The shelters are on standby and will open when needed.

Jackson Lee and the Red Cross said these shelters would be available:

  • Fulton Community Church
  • 215 N. 3rd St.
  • Fulton, TX 78358
  • Leon Grayson Community Center
  • 13828 Corpus Christi St.
  • Houston, TX 77015
  • National Association of Christian Churches
  • 16605 Air Center Blvd.
  • Houston, TX 77032
  • (This is run by a Red Cross partner)
  • Forge for Families
  • 3435 Dixie Dr.
  • Houston, TX 77021
  • Orange Church of God
  • 1911 N 16th St.
  • Orange, TX 77630
  • Baptist Church of Nederland
  • 1911 Nederland Ave.
  • Nederland, TX 77627

To get help:

We currently have open shelters and will be opening additional shelters in multiple areas along the Gulf Coast. In the coming days, we encourage people to visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767), or download the free Red Cross Emergency app for shelter locations. In addition to a safe place for people to sleep, we also provide meals, emotional and spiritual care, and connections to community resources.

8:11 p.m. — Part of Matagorda Bay lost power ahead of Nicholas’ landfall.

Check all of the Houston-area power outages here.

7:51 p.m. — The following Houston-area H-E-B stores will close at 8 p.m. on Monday and are expected to open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

  • Bay Colony  H-E-B 
  • Blackhawk  H-E-B 
  • Pearland H-E-B plus!
  • Sienna Market  H-E-B 
  • West Columbia  H-E-B 
  • Alvin  H-E-B 
  • Santa Fe  H-E-B 
  • Fairmont Pkwy  H-E-B 
  • Lake Colony  H-E-B 
  • Fry Rd and I10  H-E-B 
  • Mason Rd  H-E-B 
  • Gulfgate  H-E-B 
  • Beechnut  H-E-B 
  • Westheimer and Kirkwood  H-E-B 
  • Friendswood  H-E-B 
  • Riverpark  H-E-B 
  • Clear Lake Market  H-E-B 
  • Bellaire Blvd  H-E-B 
  • Grand Parkway H-E-B plus!
  • Buffalo Market  H-E-B 
  • Katy Market  H-E-B 
  • Sugar Land Market  H-E-B 
  • Montrose Market  H-E-B 
  • Texas City  H-E-B 
  • Pearland Market
  • San Felipe  H-E-B 
  • League City  H-E-B 
  • Lake Jackson  H-E-B 
  • Clear Lake Marketplace  H-E-B 
  • Deer Park  H-E-B 
  • Aliana Market  H-E-B 
  • Richmond Market  H-E-B 
  • Cross Creek Ranch  H-E-B 
  • Bellaire Market  H-E-B 
  • Mont Belvieu  H-E-B 
  • Baytown  H-E-B 
  • Meyerland Market  H-E-B 
  • Spring Green Market  H-E-B 
  • MacGregor Market  H-E-B 
  • Mi Tienda – Mi Tienda 1 will close at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13.
  • Joe V’s Smart Shop – Joe V’s Smart Shop: #5 Baytown, #6 Bellfort, #7 W. Fuqua, #9 Red Bluff/Pasadena will close at 9 p.m. on Monday.

All other stores will operate under regular hours unless listed.

7:31 p.m. — Flights have been canceled at Bush Intercontinental Airport due to the storm.

7 p.m. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will hold news conferences tonight to talk about Tropical Storm Nicholas’ impact on the region.

Turner is expected to start at about 7:30 p.m. and Hidalgo is expected to start at about 9 p.m.

More Tropical Storm Nicholas coverage on the KHOU 11 YouTube page:

6:07 p.m. Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 17 Texas counties due to Tropical Storm Nicholas.

Counties included in the state disaster declaration:

  • Aransas
  • Brazoria
  • Calhoun
  • Chambers
  • Galveston
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Jasper
  • Jefferson
  • Matagorda
  • Montgomery
  • Newton
  • Nueces
  • Orange
  • Refugio
  • San Patricio
  • Victoria

“Texans throughout the Gulf Coast should prepare now for the impact of Tropical Storm Nicholas, which is expected to bring severe rain and flooding to these communities,” Abbott said. “The State of Texas is working closely with officials on the ground to provide the resources and support needed to keep our communities safe, but it is up to all Texans in the path of this storm to take precautions, heed the guidance of officials, and remain vigilant as this severe weather moves through Texas.”

5:35 p.m. As Tropical Storm Nicholas bears down on Texas, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is preparing the grid to maintain reliability in the face of rain, winds and potential flooding.

In addition to officially alerting ERCOT market participants of the weather threat, ERCOT has acted to reduce planned maintenance-related outages in the area most likely to be affected by Nicholas and instructed power companies to implement their emergency procedures in preparation for the storm.

Any power outages caused by the storm will most likely be at the local distribution level. Local outages can be caused by factors ranging from high winds toppling power poles to tree limbs falling on power lines.

Residents and businesses experiencing power outages should contact their local electric service providers to report those outages and receive updates on restoration times.

5:25 p.m. Sam Houston State University’s main campus, The Woodlands Center, and College of Osteopathic Medicine will close at 6 p.m. Monday. Old Main Market and General’s Market will remain open until 8 p.m. All campuses and Newton Gresham Library will remain closed Tuesday except for essential personnel. Dining Services will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

All schools and facilities of The Varnett Public School will be closed Tuesday.

5:05 p.m.  A Storm Surge Warning is in effect until 11:45 p.m. for Chambers County.

5 p.m. The Galveston Ferry currently has three boats running with a minimal wait in Galveston and Bolivar.

5 p.m. Memorial Hermann announced closings due to the storm:

  • All Memorial Hermann Imaging Centers and Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation locations will be closing at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13. Check back regularly for updates on when these locations plan to re-open.
  • Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Friendswood and Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Clear Lake closed at 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13. All other Memorial Hermann Urgent Care locations will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13. Check back regularly for updates on when these locations plan to re-open. 24/7 Virtual Urgent Care continues to be available.
  • Memorial Hermann COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 14, and Wednesday, Sept. 15. To receive your vaccine, we ask that you visit a walk-in location once our COVID-19 vaccine clinics reopen on Thursday, Sept. 16. Learn more about Memorial Hermann’s walk-in locations and hours.

5 p.m. — Reporter Cheryl Mercedes is reporting on bayou and stream levels as Tropical Storm Nicholas moves closer

You can check bayou and stream levels here.

4:33 p.m. Houston ISD canceled all after-school activities and sporting events on Monday.

The district also canceled in-person and virtual classes on Tuesday. Also, all HISD offices and schools will be closed Tuesday. Students will not have to make up the missed school day.

Here are two more school closings that were just announced:

  • Boling ISD will be closed on Tuesday.
  • All Prairie View A&M University campuses will be closed through Tuesday.

4:30 p.m. A heavy truck crash on the Gulf Freeway near the South Loop caused a traffic nightmare on Monday evening. The Texas Department of Transportation said multiple lanes were blocked due to the crash. It’s unclear if anyone was injured.