ARKANSAS, USA — The Gulf Coast is getting hit with another tropical system Monday night, just south of Houston. Winds reported at 10 PM CDT were sustained at 75 MPH (CAT 1 hurricane status is granted at 74 MPH).
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As soon as the storm makes landfall Monday night, it will make right-hand turn and head east along the coast into Louisiana and Mississippi.
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Nicholas will not move any farther north thanks to a cold front pushing south towards the Ozarks. The two systems are going to block each other from visiting Arkansas and Oklahoma. \That means we will not get any of the cooler air from the cold front AND we won't get all that much rain from the tropical storm.
The heaviest rain will stay within 200 miles of the coast with over 5 inches likely from the Houston, TX to Alexandria, LA. Areas hit by Ida may try to pick up another couple inches of rainfall too.
Only a roughly quarter-inch of rain is likely now thru Wednesday in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. Isolated downpours may try to drop more for a few lucky neighborhoods.
-Matt, 5NEWS Chief Meteorologist