The United States National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that Storm Nicholas upgraded to Category One Hurricane, out of a maximum of five. The phenomenon changed its strength before reaching the coasts of the state of Texas. The cyclone was moving at about 17 kilometers per hour with sustained winds.
The latest report detailed that Nicholas’s eye was located 30 kilometers southeast of Matagorda and 75 kilometers southwest of Freeport. The now hurricane travels with winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour. The forecast includes heavy rains and rising water levels on the central and north coasts of the Texas region.
Experts estimate that the meteorological phenomenon will make landfall in Texas and will move to the southeast to enter the state of Louisiana on Wednesday. Preliminary analysis indicates that Nicholas will weaken upon reaching US soil and will revert to a tropical storm.
The NHC reported that the cyclone brings “heavy rain, high winds and storm surge to parts of the central and upper Texas coast.” The now hurricane may approach the city of Houston, the largest in the state of Texas. Mayor Sylvester Turner called for staying “off the roads tonight.”
Houston Chronicle specifies that the authorities they erected barricades and activated the emergency management office. The mayor’s office also asked citizens to take precautions. Texas Governor Greg Abbott called on residents to respect the directions.