Abbott increases readiness in response to Tropical Storm Nicholas September 15, 2021 - 00:00 Posted in: Viewpoints AUSTIN - In response to severe weather threats along the Gulf Coast due to Tropical Storm Nicholas, Governor Greg Abbott on Sept. 12 ordered the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to increase its readiness to Level II (Escalated Response) beginning tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. central. The SOC will operate ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!