Subtropical Storm Nicole threatens wind, rain and coastal flooding in Southeast, including Florida

Subtropical Storm Nicole threatens wind, rain and coastal flooding in Southeast, including Florida

Subtropical Storm Nicole threatens wind, rain and coastal flooding in Southeast, including Florida

Subtropical Storm Nicole threatens wind, rain and coastal flooding in Southeast, including Florida
  • Subtropical Storm Nicole formed east of the Bahamas.
  • This storm will track toward the Bahamas and the southeast coast of the US this week.
  • Nicole could be a strong tropical storm or possibly hurricane strength as it nears Florida.
  • Regardless, strong winds, heavy rain, high waves, currents and coastal flooding are expected along the southeast coast.

Subtropical Storm Nicole has formed in the Atlantic Ocean and is forecast to move toward the Bahamas, Florida and the Southeast this week. Strong winds, high surf, rip currents, coastal flooding, beach erosion and heavy rain are expected along parts of the Eastern Seaboard.

Nicole was considered the 14th hurricane of the Atlantic season early Monday and is centered several hundred miles east of the Bahamas.

The storm is currently classified as subtropical, meaning it is a hybrid type system that has characteristics of both tropical and non-tropical storms. Nicole is forecast to become a full tropical storm over the next few days.

(MORE. Difference between subtropical and tropical)

A tropical storm watch has been issued for part of the northwestern Bahamas, and additional tropical storm watches may be in place for the Bahamas and Florida later today.

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Prediction traces, intensity

Nicole is currently tracking north-northwest, but is expected to turn further west toward the Bahamas and Florida by midweek.

During that time, Nicole is forecast to become a strong tropical storm and could even approach Florida at Category 1 hurricane strength. Nicoll’s center is expected to make landfall on Florida’s east coast late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, however, impacts will occur long before then.

Nicole will then spin northward near or over Florida before being picked up by a cold front that turns the storm northeast over the southeastern states or adjacent coastal waters.

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Current status, forecast path

(The red shaded area shows the potential path of the tropical cyclone’s center. It is important to note that the effects of any tropical cyclone (especially heavy rain, high tides, coastal flooding, winds) usually extend beyond its predicted path.

Southeasterly forecast effects

Gale force winds, high waves and dangerous currents are already increasing along the southeast coast as a pressure gradient builds between Nicol and a strong high pressure system building over the eastern states.

The worst of Nicole’s effects on the Southeast Coast could arrive late Tuesday or Wednesday and last into the second half of the week in some areas.

Nicole will be a large system, and therefore likely to produce coastal flooding, tropical storm-force winds (39+ mph winds), torrential downpours, and rip currents along a wide swath of the Southeast coast from Florida to Georgia. Carolina and Virginia Tidewater. The Northwest Bahamas will also feel the effects.

If Nicole is a strong tropical storm or hurricane strength when it hits Florida, it could have a more concentrated area near storm surge and damaging winds as its center crosses the coast Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

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Prospect of rain

(This should be interpreted as a broad idea of ​​where the heaviest rain may fall. Larger amounts may occur when bands or clusters of thunderstorms stall for several hours.)

More details on Nicole’s potential impacts will be coming soon, so check back on weather.com for updates.

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