AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Tropical Storm Nicholas made landfall early on September 14 along the Texas Coast. At the time, the Category 1 hurricane dumped more than a foot of rain.

Tuesday morning Governor Greg Abbott posted social media messages saying the state had, “… deployed swift-water boats, helicopters and high profile vehicles to help local authorities with recue efforts.”

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Nicholas made landfall on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula and was soon downgraded to a tropical storm. It was about 15 miles south-southwest of Houston, with maximum winds of 60 mph as of 7 a.m. CDT Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Nicholas was the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

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Galveston saw nearly 14 inches of rain from Nicholas while Houston reported more than 6 inches of rain — a fraction of what fell during Harvey, which dumped more than 60 inches of rain in southeast Texas over a four-day period.

The storm was moving north-northeast at 8 mph and the center of Nicholas was expected to move slowly over southeastern Texas on Tuesday and over southwestern Louisiana on Wednesday.

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CBSDFW.com Staff