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A car speeds through a flooded street ahead of the Tropical Storm Nicholas on September 13, 2021 in Galveston, Texas. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Nicholas strengthened into a hurricane as it neared Texas' coast late Monday, per the National Hurricane Center.

The latest: The storm was expected to make landfall along the Texas coast in a the next few hours, the NHC said in an 11p.m. update. It was already bringing heavy rains, strong winds and storm surges to parts of the central and upper Texas coast.

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  • Over 100,000 customers had lost power in the state on Tuesday morning, per utility tracking site poweroutage.us.

The big picture: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday issued a state disaster declaration for 17 counties.

  • President Biden approved late Monday a disaster declaration for Louisiana, which is still reeling from last month's deadly Hurricane Ida.
  • Some 95,000 customers were without power in Louisiana on Tuesday morning, according to poweroutage.us.

State of play: The storm, which formed on Sunday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was located about 20 miles southeast of Matagorda, Texas, at 11 p.m. ET, per the NHC.

  • "A Weatherflow station at Matagorda Bay recently reported a 1-minute sustained wind of 76 mph ... gusting to 95 mph," the agency noted.

What to watch: Hurricane watches, along with storm surge warnings and watches were issued for parts of Texas. A storm surge watch was also in effect for portions of Louisiana.

  • Nicholas was forecast to bring six to 12 inches of rainfall, with isolated areas getting up to 18 inches, according to the NHC.
  • The storm is expected to weaken on Tuesday and Wednesday as it moves inland.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Andrew Freedman: This slow-moving storm poses a serious flood risk to coastal areas of Texas and, subsequently, Louisiana.

  • Nicholas' slow movement will allow copious amounts of Gulf moisture to flow inland.
  • Studies show tropical storms and hurricanes are dropping more rain as the climate warms due to human activities.

Go deeper: Extreme summer weather's climate change links

Editor's note: This article has been updated with additional details throughout.

Go deeper

Updated Dec 16, 2021 - Energy & Environment

U.S. records most hurricane-force wind reports in single day

Picture of an overturned truck on I-80 in Lincoln, Nebraska on Dec. 15, 2021. (Nebraska State Highway Patrol via Twitter)

A massive, multi-hazard storm unprecedented for mid-December in the Plains and Upper Midwest affected nearly 100 million people from New Mexico to Wisconsin on Wednesday into Wednesday night.

Why it matters: The latest storm is yet another demonstration that the dial on the extreme weather meter has gone all the way to 11 during 2021. Many of the events this year, including this one, bear the hallmarks of climate change.

Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
Updated Dec 16, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Historic storm leaves path of damage across Iowa

Computer model projection of surface temperature departures from average on Wednesday afternoon. Image: Weatherbell.com

A monstrous line of thunderstorms rapidly moved across a large swath of Iowa Wednesday evening, creating severe weather threats never before recorded in the state in December.

Driving the news: The National Weather Service had only ever issued two tornado warnings in Iowa in December prior to this week, according to tornado researcher Harold Brooks. On Wednesday, forecasters issued more than a dozen in the state.

  • At least five tornadoes were sighted in western Iowa, while destructive gusts were recorded up to at least 80 miles per hour. One person died in the storms in Benton County, per Iowa State Patrol.
2 hours ago - World

U.S. and NATO answer Putin in writing while bracing for Ukraine invasion

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty

The U.S. and NATO provided Russia with written proposals on Wednesday to advance a "diplomatic path forward," even as they warned that Russia could invade Ukraine within days.

Why it matters: This is a delicate diplomatic balancing act. The U.S. and NATO want to show they're serious about diplomacy but unwilling to compromise on "core principles" — all without providing Vladimir Putin with an additional pretext for escalation.