Nicholas makes landfall along Texas coast overnight, downgrades to tropical storm

The storm produced wind damage, storm surge, and heavy rainfall along Coastal Texas

Tropical storm Nicholas is moving east into eastern Texas and Louisiana Tuesday morning
Tropical storm Nicholas is moving east into eastern Texas and Louisiana Tuesday morning (Copyright 2021 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

UPDATE 7:00 a.m. Tuesday: Hurricane Nicholas made landfall early Tuesday morning on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula. It soon downgraded to a tropical storm.

WATCH: Meteorologist Justin Horne reports from the Texas coast as residents prepare for arrival of TS Nicholas

Latest Stats & Cone

Nicholas moved over the Houston/Galveston metro area early Tuesday morning. As of 7 AM Tuesday morning, Nicholas is weakening with wind speeds of 60 mph and is moving NNE at 8 mph.

Throughout Tuesday, Nicholas will move into Louisiana, bringing a high risk for flooding rains.

TS Nicholas will weaken and move east into Louisiana, bringing a risk for flooding rains. (Copyright 2021 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

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Types of Tropical Systems

Meteorologist Sarah Spivey takes some time in the video below to explain the different types of tropical cyclones and the Saffir-Simpson scale -- which determines the category of a particular hurricane based on wind speeds.

KSAT Meteorologist Sarah Spivey takes some time to describe the different types of tropical systems.
KSAT Meteorologist Sarah Spivey takes some time to describe the different types of tropical systems.

About the Authors:

Justin Horne is a meteorologist and reporter for KSAT 12 News. When severe weather rolls through, Justin will hop in the KSAT 12 Storm Chaser to safely bring you the latest weather conditions from across South Texas. On top of delivering an accurate forecast, Justin often reports on one of his favorite topics: Texas history.

Sarah Spivey is a San Antonio native who grew up watching KSAT long before she began to think about a career in television.