Tropical Storm Nicholas is moving toward the north near 12 mph and this general motion is expected to continue today, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast on Tuesday.
On the forecast track, the center of Nicholas will pass near or just offshore of the coast of south Texas this morning and move onshore along the coast of south or central Texas late this afternoon or this evening.
Data from the reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds remain near 60 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast today, and Nicholas could reach the northwest Gulf coast as a hurricane.
Weakening is anticipated on Tuesday and Wednesday while Nicholas moves over land. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.
As of 11 a.m. Monday, September 13:
Location: 26.4 N 96.8 W
Moving: N at 12 mph
Min pressure: 1002 mb
Max sustained winds: 60 mph