PORT LAVACA — The whirring of cordless drills filled the air in downtown Port Lavaca Monday morning as maintenance workers fastened boards across the doors and windows of local businesses.

As Tropical Storm Nicholas made its way northward toward the middle of the Texas coast, Port Lavaca stood directly in the path of the storm, which had sustained 60-mile-per-hour winds Monday afternoon and was expected to make landfall overnight.

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Mark Rosenberg reports on local, regional and breaking news for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. He can be reached at mrosenberg@vicad.com or 361-574-1264 or on Twitter at @markrosenberg32. To support local journalism at the Advocate through Report for America, go to VictoriaAdvocate.com/report.

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