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Houston, Coastal Counties Experience Nicholas’ Impact But Avoid Worst Predictions

Today, we have the latest on the aftermath of Nicholas. How were Houston and nearby coastal counties impacted? Plus, listeners share their experiences of the storm.


Tropical Storm Nicholas knocked down trees and left debris in its wake in Galveston on Sept. 14, 2021.


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How did you sleep last night?

Did you lose power? Experience any damage?

Just after midnight, Nicholas made landfall near Matagorda Bay as a Category 1 hurricane, before being downgraded to a tropical storm as it slowly drifted northeast.

The storm knocked down powerlines in parts of Harris County and caused damage to some structures. But the region avoided many of the worst outcomes predicted on Monday.

Today, we're assessing the impact to our region, and we're also assessing how we prepare for and communicate extreme weather events.

Plus, we want to hear how you're doing. What did you see? What was your experience of Nicholas?

Let's help each other understand what we went through as a community.


Anthony Yanez

  • KPRC Meteorologist
Matt Sebesta
Zachary Davidson

Ed Hirs

  • Energy Fellow, University of Houston

Jeff Lindner

  • Harris County Meteorologist
  • Director of Flood Operations, Harris County Flood Control District
  • Spokesperson for Ready Harris
Jennifer Sparks

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