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September 13, 2021

How to prepare for Tropical Storm Nicholas

Tropical Storm Nicholas is expected to bring strong winds and flash flooding to the Texas coast tonight through Wednesday. Coastal areas and parts of Harris and Montgomery counties could see 10-20 inches of rain. Space City Weather expects the storm to be similar to what Houston saw during Tropical Storm Imelda in 2019.

Here’s how you can prepare:

Be ready to evacuate. Pack a bag with your insurance policies, home inventory, health plan cards, medication, water, and food in case you need to leave your house. Call family members to talk about where you’ll meet if you need to evacuate. 

Prepare your home. If you have a two-story house, move valuables to the higher floor. Gather flashlights, can openers, blankets, and other things you might need to eat and sleep on an upper floor. If you have time, clean your gutters to allow the water to drain faster.

Listen to the news. Evacuate if told to do so. Know what roads and backup routes you’ll take to get to higher ground.

Don’t drive through flood water. Water can be deeper or stronger than it looks. Turn around and find another route. If you’re trapped in your car in fast-moving water, don’t get out. If you can avoid it, don’t walk or swim through flood water.