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Hurricane Nicole Gaining Strength, Headed for Bermuda

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Hurricane Nicole is seen in the Atlantic Ocean in an image from NOAA's satellite taken at 1:15 p.m. ET (17:45 GMT) Oct. 11, 2016.

Hurricane Nicole is seen in the Atlantic Ocean in an image from NOAA's satellite taken at 1:15 p.m. ET (17:45 GMT) Oct. 11, 2016.

Nicole has re-formed as a Category 1 hurricane and is gaining strength as it takes aim at Bermuda.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm has maximum sustained winds of about 120 kph and is expected to strengthen before its center reaches Bermuda on Thursday morning.

Nicole was located about 575 kilometers south-southwest of Bermuda late Tuesday and it was heading northwest at 7 kph.

Nicole forced the U.S. space agency to postpone a cargo supply trip to the International Space Station. NASA said the launch, initially set for Thursday, will now launch no earlier than Sunday from Wallops Island, Virginia.

NASA said the delay was necessary because the mission requires the use of a critical launch-tracking station that is based in Bermuda.

"The ability to support a launch will depend on the impact the storm has on not only our systems, but also the overall Bermuda infrastructure," said Steven Kremer, chief of the Wallops Range and Mission Management Office.

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