Storm ‘Nicholas’ becomes Category 1 hurricane off Texas coast

The storm “Nicholas” became a category 1 hurricane on Monday night – a maximum of 5 – off the coast of Texas (USA), in the Gulf of Mexico, reported the National Hurricane Center of the United States. .

At 22:00 local time (03:00 GMT Tuesday), “Nicholas’s eye” was located 30 kilometers southeast of Matagorda and 75 kilometers southwest of Freeport, while moving at about 17 kilometers per hour with sustained winds from up to 120 kilometers per hour.

The forecast from the National Hurricane Center is that “Nicholas” will bring heavy rains, high winds and rising water levels in areas of the central and north coast of Texas, an area accustomed to the impact of storms.

These predictions point to “Nicholas” making landfall in “the next few hours” on the Texas coast and moving over the southeastern part of this southern state on Tuesday before entering Louisiana on Wednesday.

The hurricane is expected to maintain its current strength until it makes landfall, when it is expected to weaken and become a tropical storm again.

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