MACON, Ga. — As of 5 p.m. Monday, Nicholas is a tropical storm with sustained winds at 65 mph.
Nicholas is riding the Gulf coast of Texas and is expected to make landfall southwest of Houston by Tuesday morning. Due to the impending landfall, tropical storm watches and warnings are in effect for the Texas coast.
The tropical storm blew up in Gulf of Mexico over the course of 24 hours. That is because the sea surface temperatures near the Texas coastline are hot. The heat from the sea allows tropical systems to grow and intensify.
After Nicholas makes landfall, the system is forecast to rapidly weaken and make a turn toward the Southeastern United States.
The remnants of Nicholas could bring heavy downpours to Central Georgia by the end of the week.
Now that it is mid-September, we are in the peak of hurricane season. We have crossed off 14 names on our list and seven remain.
There are two disturbances in the Atlantic Ocean we are monitoring as well, so hurricane season is far from over.
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