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Nicholas turns into a hurricane as it approaches Texas


Nicholas strengthens in the face of hurricane as US Gulf Coast braces for flooding

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Nicholas turned into a hurricane late Monday and is expected to hit the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana with increased seawater and rains that could cause widespread flooding and potentially deadly. The hurricane, carrying winds of 75 mph (120 km / h), was about 45 miles (75 km) southwest of Freeport Texas, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in a bulletin Monday night. Nicholas was bringing heavy rain, strong winds and storm surges to parts of Texas’ central and upper coasts, the center said.