The City of Galveston continues to watch Tropical Storm Nicholas, which is expected to make landfall this evening along the Texas Coast between Corpus Christi and Matagorda Bay.
The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy rainfall (as much as 15-20 inches) caused by the system, and the region is under a flash flood watch until at least Tuesday evening. We also anticipate higher than normal tides, which could cause coastal flooding. The weather service predicts two to four feet of storm surge for the Galveston area and gusty winds. This could be hazardous for low-lying areas and the island's West End.
In the event of street flooding, please avoid driving through standing water.
At this time, the City of Galveston remains open and is providing all city services. We will provide updates as necessary about trash services. The Galveston Independent School District is closing early with pick-up times for elementary today at 11:30 a.m. and high school at 12:15 p.m.
We recommend residents secure all items that could float or blow into the drainage system and prepare for possible street flooding. If you are in a home that floods at four feet, please take any necessary precautions.
We will continue to monitor this system and provide updates as necessary.