Nicole downgraded to a tropical storm
Update: 10th of November, 10:00 a.m. UTC
Nicole has been downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall around 3 a.m., local time, as a category 1 hurricane on the east Florida coast. Nicole hit the region with heavy rain and a dangerous storm surge.
The storm should soon begin turning north. Rainfall from the storm will move across greater Appalachia and into the Upper Ohio Valley on Friday. Forecast rainfall is between 1 to 4 inches.
Update: 9th of November, 11:00 p.m. UTC
Nicole is expected to make landfall early Thursday morning as a category 1 hurricane. Outer bands of the storm are currently bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to eastern South Florida.
The storm has just reached hurricane 1 status with winds up to 75 mph. The winds and rainfall will keep increasing until the landfall at Fort Pierce, Florida.
Dangerous storm surge is expected on the east coast of Florida, portions of coastal Georgia, and the Florida Big Bend along the Gulf Coast. Large and damaging waves will appear along the Atlantic coast.
Flash and urban flooding are possible across portions of Florida along the St. John River.
Power outages are likely across Florida and into eastern portions of Georgia and South Carolina.
Update: 9th of November, 7:00 a.m. UTC
Nicole slowly barrels toward the east of the Bahamas as a tropical storm on early Wednesday morning. The storm has strengthened and currently is packing winds of 63mph.
The system is still expected to become a hurricane category 1 later today, before approaching Florida’s east coast on Wednesday night or early Thursday.
The projected path is visible on our Hurricane Tracker. Within the next several hours, the winds should increase to approximately 75mph and hurricane status should be reached around 7:00 a.m. local time.
Update: 8th of November, 9:00 a.m. UTC
Tropical storm Nicole continues to move northwest, just west of Bermuda, and is forecast to turn west and move across the Bahamas. Maximum sustained winds are 46 mph.
The system is predicted to significantly strengthen and reach hurricane status and approach the east coast of Florida by Late Wednesday or early Thursday.
The storm is projected to be very large, with impacts extending the cone well to the north, causing substantial surf and dangerous storm surge. Heavy rainfall and strong winds are also expected. The impacts of the storm will be present in the majority of Florida peninsula and portions of the southeast U.S.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, including the Abacos, Berry Islands, Bimini, and Grand Bahama Island, where hurricane conditions may occur on Wednesday.
Beginning late Wednesday or Wednesday night, hurricane conditions are possible across southeast and east-central Florida.