Tropical Storm Nicholas gained strength Monday as it threatened to make landfall in Texas as a hurricane, potentially dumping up to 20 inches of rain to parts of the Gulf Coast.
The storm, which saw top winds reach 60 mph, was “moving erratically” with its center roughly 70 miles southeast of Port Aransas, Texas on Monday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said.
“Listen to local weather alerts and heed local advisories about the right and safe thing to do, and you’ll make it through this storm just like you’ve had many other storms,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at a news conference.
Forecasters said the storm was moving north at 12 mph on a track to pass near the South Texas coast later in the day, then move onshore in the evening.
If the winds reach 74 mph, Nicholas would become a Category 1 hurricane.