Typhoon Nicole is Expected to Become a Category 1 Hurricane as It Reaches Florida

Typhoon Nicole is Expected to Become a Category: Early on Wednesday morning, hurricane warnings were issued for the northwestern portion of the Bahamas as well as a portion of the east coast of Florida.

As It Approaches Florida, Nicole Will Likely Become a Category 1 Hurricane

Typhoon Nicole is predicted to strengthen before hitting Florida’s east coast early Thursday as the first November hurricane to hit the US in over 40 years. As many in Florida struggle to recover from Hurricane Ian, Nicole is projected to make landfall early Thursday morning north of West Palm Beach as a Category 1 hurricane with copious rain and devastating winds.

“#Nicole is a powerful hurricane that will hit the whole southeastern U.S. coastline. The National Weather Service reported that coastal flooding, big waves, and rip currents will reach NC from FL. Nicole had 70 mph sustained winds Tuesday night and was anticipated to become a hurricane overnight. It was 325 miles east of West Palm Beach at 10 p.m. ET, moving west-southwest at 10 mph.

Nicole’s tropical-storm-force winds will reach Florida late Wednesday morning. According to National Hurricane Center acting director Jamie Rhome, Nicole will generate heavy rain Wednesday, which could cause severe storm surges and high winds. Rhome warned Monday in an online video briefing that it will strike Florida Wednesday evening into Thursday morning as a powerful tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of at least 74 mph.

Wednesday evening and Thursday are expected to see up to 7 inches of rain, 5 feet of storm surge, and severe winds. The center issued a storm surge watch for the panhandle and parts of the west coast late Tuesday when the storm headed west. “The storm surge will bring devastating waves. “Listen to local officials,” the storm center advised.

The state’s busiest airport tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Orlando International Airport will cease operations at 4 p.m. Wednesday “until conditions enable operations resume.” Some Palm Beach and Volusia residents must evacuate Wednesday morning. According to a county website statement, zones A and B of Palm Beach, including barrier islands and low-lying areas, are under the order from 7 a.m. ET.

Typhoon Nicole is Expected to Become a Category
The order takes effect Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Volusia County, home to Daytona Beach, for all campgrounds, RV parks, and mobile and prefabricated homes east of the Intracoastal canal or in flood-prone areas. On the Volusia County website, County Manager George Recktenwald claimed Tropical Storm Nicole threatens to damage life. Hurricane Ian has left our infrastructure, especially along the coast, exposed. We expect beach erosion and floods in Ian-flooded areas. Take this storm seriously, residents.”

On Tuesday, Brevard County advised residents on barrier islands, “including places from Kennedy Space Center south beaches, and Merritt Island,” flood-prone neighborhoods, mobile and manufactured home dwellers, and those with particular medical requirements who depend on power to evacuate starting Wednesday.

This month’s full moon has caused some of Southeastern Florida’s highest tides. According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Nicole will raise these tides, causing higher water levels and more beach erosion for east coast coastal areas throughout the next three high tide cycles.

As Nicole approaches closer, onshore winds will push and pile water on the shoreline, causing coastal flooding and beach erosion before landfall. “These winds, high seas, and surf will combine with high astronomical tides to bring the threat of substantial beach erosion during the times of the following three high tide cycles,” said the Melbourne NWS.

Heavy rainfall will cause inland freshwater floods in the state. Hurricane Ian left Florida’s St. John’s River at Moderate Flood Stage. This slow-moving river is anticipated to flood again when Nicole passes and rain falls. “Levels are projected to hit Major Flood Stage at 4.0 feet again on Friday, keeping stable into the weekend. The NWS stated a larger rise is conceivable depending on rainfall totals and the northerly wind surge that backs up Lake George.

North Palm Beach, Florida, to Altamaha Sound, Georgia, including Georgetown, are under a storm surge warning. The hurricane will not intensify swiftly as Ian did in late September, killing at least 120 people in Florida and damaging communities already recovering. Since 1985, no November hurricane has affected the US. Rhome stated, “No huge hurricane.” “Again, not Ian, but a potentially impactful system.”

Nearly 2 million people are under a hurricane warning from Boca Raton to the Flagler-Volusia County line and a hurricane watch north to Ponte Vedra Beach. From Hallandale Beach, Florida, north to Altamaha Sound, Georgia, and Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida, over 15 million people are under a tropical storm warning with conditions forecast within 36 hours. The state’s west coast from north of Bonita Beach to the Ochlockonee River is under tropical storm watches after Ian.

A tropical storm watch and storm surge watches were issued Tuesday from north of Altamaha Sound in Georgia to South Santee River in South Carolina. The hurricane center issued a storm surge watch for the west coast of the Florida panhandle from Ochlockonee River to Indian Pass late Tuesday. The Miami-Dade County mayor advised residents to prepare for the hurricane.

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava advised online that residents and visitors check the weather and update their storm kits. “We’re preparing for water and power outages.” Levine Cava said Miami-Dade County does not expect the storm to affect Election Day.

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