Sept. 12 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Nicholas formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, threatening to bring heavy rainfall to Mexico and Texas.
In its 4 p.m. CDT update, the National Hurricane Center said Nicholas was located about 160 miles east-southeast of La Pesca, Mexico and 240 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Rio Grande.
It was traveling north-northwest at 14 mph and carried maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
A hurricane watch was in effect for Port Aransas to Sargent, Texas, while a tropical storm warning was ordered for the mouth of the Rio Grande to Freeport, Texas, and from Barra el Mezquital to the U.S./Mexico border.
A tropical storm watch was in effect from North of Port Aransas to High Island, Texas.
A storm surge warning was in effect for Port Aransas to San Luis Pass, Texas, as well as for Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay and Matagorda Bay, while a storm surge watch was in place north of Port Aransas to High Island, Texas.
Nicholas was forecast to continue moving north, shifting north-northeastward by late Monday or Monday night.
“On the forecast track, the center of Nicholas will pass near or just offshore the coasts of northeastern Mexico and South Texas late Monday and approach the south or central Texas coast Monday night or early Tuesday,” the NHC said.
Nicholas is expected to produce 5-10 inches of rainfall with isolated amounts of 15 inches in portions of coastal Texas and southwest Louisiana and 2-5 inches in eastern portions of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.