HOUSTON, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Parts of the coast of south-central U.S. state of Texas are under a hurricane watch on Sunday, in preparation for Tropical Storm Nicholas which is forecast to gain in strength.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the storm may gain peak sustained winds of 65 mph on Monday, with the center of the storm located over the Gulf of Mexico and just east of southern Texas.
"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 NHC said.
A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions (sustained winds of at least 74 mph) are possible within 48 hours of the watch being issued, according to a CNN report.
Nicholas, the Atlantic hurricane season's 14th named storm, formed in the Gulf of Mexico earlier on Sunday.