Tropical Storm Nicholas is already leaving a trail of destruction across parts of Texas, bringing lashing rains and winds — while also threatening to unleash potentially deadly flash floods further along the Gulf Coast.
Nicholas made landfall in Texas’ Matagorda Peninsula, about 30 miles southwest of Houston, early Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm.
The storm, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, has already caused widespread damage and flooding in the state’s southeast.
Video footage shows the roof over some Citgo gas station pumps collapsing from strong winds.
Images have also emerged of 4-foot-high storm surges and widespread flooding in League City and Galveston.
Powerlines were brought down along the coast, too, and debris was scattered throughout Houston.
The storm has already knocked out power to more