East Texas escaped damaging effects of Tropical Storm Nicholas, but rain generated by the storm to the south will likely continue through the week.
The 14th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Nicholas was upgraded to hurricane status briefly before making landfall on the Texas coast early Tuesday, dumping a foot of rain in the same areas affected by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
The storm on Tuesday curved along the upper Texas coast and was expected to move into southwest Louisiana as a tropical depression while dropping up to 20 inches of rain.
Nacogdoches County Emergency Management officials on Monday were monitoring the storm and anticipating possible heavy rain and possible flash flooding, while state officials were clearing ditches and checking areas flood-prone areas earlier in the week.
“As always, driving is discouraged during heavy rain or flooding,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the nine-county TxDOT Lufkin District.
The forecast here remains rainy through next week with highs in the upper 80s.
The Red Cross on Tuesday announced a list of six shelters along the Gulf Coast. Information on shelter locations, volunteering or contributing to the Red Cross can be found at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-733-2767.
Travel information statewide is updated at drivetexas.org.