Parts of the Texas coast are under a hurricane watch as Tropical Storm Nicholas is forecast to gain in strength, the National Hurricane Center said.
The storm is forecast to gain peak sustained winds of 65 mph Monday into Monday night, with the center of the storm located over the Gulf of Mexico and just east of southern Texas.
The watch extends from Port Aransas to Sargent, according to the NHC.
“Although not explicitly shown in the intensity forecast, Nicholas could approach hurricane strength when it nears the northwest Gulf Coast, especially if it moves to the right of the NHC forecast track and spends more time over water,” the National Hurricane Center said.
A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions (sustained winds of at least 74 mph) are possible within 48 hours of the watch being issued.
Nicholas, the Atlantic hurricane season’s 14th named storm, formed in the Gulf of Mexico earlier Sunday.
A 14th named storm in the Atlantic basin, the total number of storms in an average season, typically doesn’t form until November 18.
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SOURCE: CNN, Jackson Dill