As Tropical Storm Nicholas makes its way toward the Houston region, residents in Fort Bend County are already seeing and experiencing its effects.
According to the National Weather Service, Nicholas is expected to make landfall along the middle Texas coast Monday afternoon or evening and bring strong winds, heavy rain and likely flooding to the region through Tuesday and into Wednesday. The latest forecast calls for between 8 and 16 inches of rain in total, with maximum amounts of 20 inches in some places.
In response to the expected inclement weather, Fort Bend ISD will have early dismissal on Monday. High school students will be released at 11:35 a.m., according to a Twitter post from the district, while elementary students will be released at 12:10 p.m. and middle school students will get out at 1:25 p.m.
Stafford MSD and FBISD both cancelled all after-school activities Monday, and campuses will be closed Tuesday for both districts.
A Sunday Facebook post from Fort Bend County’s Office of Emergency Management said Fort Bend County can expect wind gusts between 35-45 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon. The post said residents can expect 6-10 inches of rainfall within the county, with isolated areas receiving more.
“We are anticipating Nicholas coming through our area, but we are not expecting severe conditions as of now,” County Judge KP George said during a Monday morning press briefing.
The county is also under a flash flood watch through Tuesday evening.
“It is heavy rainfall and a flash flood warning, and in Fort Bend County that is a concern. We have a very flat terrain, and that is absolutely a concern for our Office of Emergency Management” George said. “…We want to be prepared.”
Fort Bend’s Office of Emergency Management and George’s office will be providing updates on social media, and county residents can also sign up for the county’s emergency alert system at member.everbridge.net/453003085616997/login to receive alerts via email or text message.
“Every step, we are watching it and monitoring it, and we will communicate with the residents and people in this area,” George said.