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Tropical Storm Nicholas forms in Gulf of Mexico

MIAMI (AP) – Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said on Sunday that Tropical Storm Nicholas had formed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Texas coast and the northeast coast of Mexico. Nicholas is expected to produce total storm precipitation of 5 to 10 inches (13 to 25 centimeters), with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches, over parts of the Texas coast to southwest Louisiana from Sunday through middle of the week.

Over the eastern parts of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, rainfall of 2 to 5 inches (5 to 13 centimeters) can be expected from Sunday to Monday.

As a precaution, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered state resources to be put on hold along the Texas Gulf Coast.

“We will continue to monitor this storm closely and take all necessary precautions to keep Texans safe,” Abbott said in a statement. “I encourage Texans to heed the advice and warnings of their local officials and to be alert to heavy rains and potential flooding.”

State resources on hold included air and boat rescue teams and emergency medical groups.

Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach said via Twitter that Nicholas is the 14th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season 2021. Only 4 more years since 1966 have had 14 or more named storms in the Atlantic. September 12: 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2020.

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