Tropical Storm Nicholas already leaving trail of destruction in Texas

Tropical Storm Nicholas already leaving trail of destruction in Texas


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.

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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.

Bubba Ferguson drags a boat through a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Nicholas in San Luis Pass, Texas.David J. Phillip/AP

The storm has already knocked out power to more

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