The American Red Cross has opened several shelters across the Gulf Coast for people affected by flooding caused by Hurricane Nicholas, according to ABC 13.

In addition to a safe place for people to sleep, the Red Cross is also providing meals, emotional care and connections to community resources.

The following six locations were open as of the night of Sept. 14:
Fulton Community Church

215 N. 3rd St., Fulton, Texas 78358

Leon Grayson Community Center

13828 Corpus Christi St., Houston, Texas 77015

National Association of Christian Churches

16605 Air Center Blvd., Houston, Texas 77032

Forge for Families

3435 Dixie Dr.,Houston, Texas 77021

Orange Church of God

1911 N 16th St., Orange, Texas 77630

Baptist Church of Nederland

1911 Nederland Ave., Nederland, Texas 77627

Friendswood Public Library

416 S Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546

The library will be open as a charging and cooling center from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Animal care

A news release from American Kennel Club states the Harris County Animal Services team has also deployed its AKC Reunite Pet Disaster Relief Trailer at NRG Stadium to assist with animal sheltering efforts due to Hurricane Nicholas.

The trailer is stocked with essential animal care items which can be used as co-location shelters, where people can evacuate with their pets as well as emergency animal shelters for displaced animals.

Red Cross officials encourage those seeking immediate help to start by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). They can also download the free Red Cross Emergency app for a full list of shelter locations.

Late Monday night, the National Hurricane Center said Nicholas strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane ahead of its expected landfall.

The hurricane had top sustained winds of 75 mph and was located about 45 miles southwest of Freeport.

From ABC 13. The American Press contributed to this report.