The storm season is here…..
Hurricane Nicholas made landfall early Tuesday over the Gulf Coast of Texas before being downgraded to a tropical storm, lashing weary residents with powerful wind gusts and driving rain as it moved toward Houston.
The center of the storm made landfall just after 12:30 a.m. Central time on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula, about 10 miles west-southwest of Sargent Beach, according to the National Hurricane Center. As of 7 a.m., Nicholas was about 15 miles south-southwest of Houston and moving north-northeast at eight miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 60 m.p.h., the center said.
About 421,500 customers in Texas were without electricity Tuesday morning, according to CenterPoint Energy’s website, which said that extended power outages were likely in the Houston area. Forecasters expected the storm to weaken as it moves toward southeastern Texas on Tuesday and southwestern Louisiana on Wednesday….