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HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) —
Monday 1:00 p.m: FINAL BLOG UPDATE
Tropical Storm Nicholas continues to move further north of the Rio Grande Valley along the coast at 12 miles per hour and is very unorganized. Winds are still registering at 60 mph with gusts around 70 mph.
At one point, two eyes started to form, showing how much is working against this storm with the chances of any further development dwindling. The heaviest showers are now behind us as conditions begin to improve. Throughout the day, expect a few more isolated showers to pop up.
The storm is expected to make landfall just north of Corpus Christi. Overall, the chances of showers will remain throughout the week with moisture sticking around well after the storm leaves. It is still recommended to avoid the beach Monday as we will continue to see high surf and elevated RIP currents.
Monday 9:40 a.m.
NHC has released the newest advisory at 10 a.m. Nicholas is now 50 miles NE of Brownsville, moving north away from the Valley.
Monday 8 AM:
Tropical Storm Nicholas is currently located 20 to 40 miles southeast of Brownsville as the center wobbles offshore. The heaviest rains from Nicholas remain offshore on the eastern side of Nicholas, although several heavy bands have worked their way into the Rio Grande Valley this morning. The heaviest band in the Valley is located in Hidalgo County. Rain bands are expected to push into the Valley this morning as Nicholas passes offshore. The storm will push to the north of the RGV this afternoon, with conditions improving locally later Today. Landfall is expected this evening between Rockport, Texas, and Port Lavaca, Texas as a strong tropical storm or minimal Category 1 hurricane.
MONDAY 4:00 A.M. UPDATE:
The 11:30 p.m. Advisory from the National Hurricane Center has Tropical Storm Nicholas moving north-northwest at 12 mph. The center of the storm has formed further north with winds up to 50 mph. This has bumped up the timing of the forecasted storm track and has the center of the storm moving just east of South Padre Island at 7 a.m. Monday.
Scattered downpours are moving through the Rio Grande Valley and will continue through Monday morning.
Most of the rainfall is expected along our coastal areas from Port Mansfield to South Padre Island. High rip current risk and high seas are also expected along the coast. Those along the coast and in the lower valley should prepare for significant bands of rainfall beginning Sunday night and lasting through Monday afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued several watches and warnings for the coastal areas of the Rio Grande Valley. A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for Coastal Cameron and Willacy counties. Also, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Cameron and Willacy counties until 7 a.m. Tuesday.
The National Hurricane Center has also issued a Storm Surge Watch for the entire Texas coast.