Nicholas made landfall near Freeport, Texas as a category one hurricane around 2 a.m. and is expected to turn east along I-10 later today.
According to the National Weather Service station in Lake Charles, Nicholas will weaken to a tropical storm as it slowly moves north towards Houston until 7 a.m. before it turns to the east and slowly heads towards Beaumont, Lake Charles, and Lafayette.
Wind gusts today will be in the 20 to 40 mph range for southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. A few power outages will be possible. Gusts will be 20 to 30 mph across the remainder of the region.
Rain totals will be 5 to 10 inches, with locally higher amounts of 15 to 20 inches possible. Be aware of the road conditions. Traveling is not recommended during flash floods.
Due to the slow motion, heavy rain and flash flooding is expected along the I-10 corridor from Beaumont, Texas through Lake Charles and Lafayette Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon.
Tides will be 1 to 2 feet above normal today and tomorrow. Minor coastal flooding is possible.
There is only a marginal 5 percent chance for tornadoes today across most of our region.