Subtropical Storm Nicole is on track to become a Category 1 hurricane as it approaches Florida




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A powerful storm with torrential rain and damaging winds could hit Florida’s east coast this week as a Category 1 hurricane as many residents continue to suffer the effects of Hurricane Ian.

Subtropical Storm Nicole is expected to slowly strengthen as it approaches the Florida peninsula, bringing dangerous storm surges and heavy rain with the potential for high winds starting Wednesday, according to Jamie Rhome, acting director of the National Hurricane Center.

“We’re probably going to have good parts of mainland Florida affected by these conditions,” Rhome said Monday. video summary posted online.

More than 20 million people are under tropical storm warnings from Hallandale Beach, Florida, north to Altamaha Sound, Georgia, according to CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford. A tropical storm warning has also been issued for Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida, he said.

Additionally, more than five million people are under a storm surge warning from North Palm Beach northward to Altamaha Sound, St. Including from the mouth of the Johns River to Georgetown, Shackelford added.

As of early Tuesday, more than eight million people were under a hurricane watch in Florida, Shackelford said. The storm is expected to make landfall over West Palm Beach, he said.

Nicole is not expected to make landfall like Hurricane Ian did in late September, when it killed at least 120 people in its path in Florida and devastated communities still reeling from the devastation.

“We’re not anticipating a major hurricane,” Rhome said. “Again, not an Ian situation, but a system that can still be affected.”

It is expected to become a powerful tropical storm or a Category 1 hurricane by the time it reaches Florida by Wednesday evening, Rhome said.

“The residents of Florida need to take this seriously,” Rhome said.

The warning comes as a hurricane watch is in effect for Florida’s east coast from the Volusia/Brevard county line to Hallandale Beach, according to the hurricane center.

The watch also extends from Miami north to the Space Coast and includes Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Cape Canaveral and Melbourne.

Subtropical Storm Nicole packs winds of 45 mph, with higher gusts, heading toward Florida on Tuesday from the northwestern Bahamas, where a hurricane warning is in effect.

“Don’t let the ‘under’ fool you. #Nicole is a formidable storm and will have major impacts along the US SE coast, not just near the center. Coastal flooding, large waves and rip currents will extend from tip FL to NC,” Weather National Services. explain.

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As many people in Florida head to the polls on Tuesday, advertisers are warned to be prepared.

“Florida can expect scattered showers and thunderstorms to affect parts of the state by Tuesday afternoon,” Shackelford said.

“The storm surge will have large and damaging waves. Residents in the warning area should heed the advice of local officials,” the hurricane center said.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava he said online that they have been informed of the storm and asked the residents to prepare.

“Residents and visitors should monitor the forecast and ensure their storm kit is up to date,” Levine Cava said in a social media post. “We are taking all necessary precautions to prepare for potential flooding and power outages.”

Officials do not expect the storm to affect Election Day on Tuesday.

Rhome, the hurricane center’s acting director, said there is a possibility of coastal flooding along the east coast of the Florida peninsula starting Wednesday, adding that some of those areas were hit by Hurricane Ian.

The main threats to Florida are as much as 7 inches of rain and storm surges of up to 5 feet along the coast, combined with high winds. These conditions are expected mainly for Wednesday evening and Thursday.