Nicole will hit Florida this Wednesday night with the force of a hurricane
Tropical Storm Nicole will impact Florida this Wednesday night with the force of a hurricane. The phenomenon intensifies and would increase in category before reaching the peninsula.
The most populous counties in the southeast, such as Broward and Miami-Dade, are currently outside the trajectory cone.
Thousands of Floridians are under evacuation orders as Nicole is expected to get stronger. Hurricane warnings are in effect from the coast of the Volusia-Flagler county line south to Boca Raton.
Nicole is heading for the northwestern Bahamas at near hurricane strength
The National Hurricane Center (NHC, for its acronym in English) of the United States, based in Miami (Florida), reported in its bulletin at 10:00 p.m. local time, that Nicole is located 150 miles (240 km) to the east of Great Abaco Island and 325 miles (525 km) east of West Palm Beach, north of the South Florida metropolitan area.
A storm surge warning is in effect in Florida from North Palm Beach to Altamaha Sound in Georgia, and from the mouth of the Saint Johns River to Georgetown.
In Florida, there is a hurricane watch from Hallandale Beach to Boca Raton and Lake Okeechobee, as well as from Flagler/Volusia to Ponte Vedra Beach.
On the forecast track, the center of Nicole will approach the northwestern Bahamas tonight and the east coast of Florida within the hurricane warning area Wednesday night or early Thursday.
The center of Nicole is then expected to move through central and northern Florida into southern Georgia on Thursday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) with higher gusts.
Nicole is expected to become a hurricane later tonight and will remain a hurricane when it reaches the east coast of Florida.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 380 miles (610 km) from the center. Flash and urban flooding is likely across the Florida panhandle on Wednesday and Thursday.
Nicole will become a hurricane this Wednesday
The Tropical Storm is intensifying and is expected to make landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday in Florida with gale-force winds.
Nicole’s track cone now includes part of South Florida
Tropical Storm Nicole’s track cone has been adjusted to the south and now includes part of southern Florida; specifically the northern part of Palm Beach County. Forecasts indicate that the environmental phenomenon will make landfall as a category one hurricane. The county is under a hurricane watch.
Further south, Broward and Miami Dade counties are under a tropical storm warning and watch, respectively.
Storm surges will reach 2 to 4 feet (60 to 122 centimeters) in Broward and Palm Beach, and Miami Dade 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 centimeters).
ZULU Port Condition will go into effect at Port Miami and Port Everglades
At 8:00 PM Tuesday, the Ports of Miami and Everglades will be under ZULU port status. At that time, all maritime and land operations, including terminal operations and cruise ship entry and exit, will cease.
Orlando airports will close starting Wednesday
Orlando’s aviation authority announced Tuesday afternoon that the international airport will suspend commercial flights beginning Wednesday at 4:00 PM due to Nicole’s arrival.
The restart of flights will occur when “the situation and circumstances allow,” airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell said.
A spokesman for Orlando Sanford International Airport said it will also close at 4 p.m. Wednesday. “If passengers have travel scheduled through SFB, they should contact their airline,” Lauren Rowe said in an email. “The airport is asking that people not come to the airport. The airport is not a refuge.
Melbourne Orlando International Airport will close at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, but plans to reopen on Thursday night.
Nicole continues to gain strength, now with sustained winds of 100 km/h
The National Hurricane Center reported that the center of Tropical Storm Nicole was located near latitude 27.5 North, longitude 73.7 West. The phenomenon continues to move west near 10 mph (17 km/h).
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected over the next day, and Nicole is forecast to become a hurricane on Wednesday when near the northwestern Bahamas, and continue to become a hurricane as it approaches the east coast of Florida.
Schools closed and partial evacuation order issued in Palm Beach County
In Palm Beach County, in the northern part of South Florida, a hurricane warning remains in effect, so local authorities have begun to prepare, while calling on the community to take the appropriate measures.
The county school district decided to suspend classes at all public schools on Wednesday and Thursday. Additionally, an evacuation of coastal neighborhoods and other vulnerable areas was announced.
The county ordered the evacuation of Zones A and B, which include barrier islands, low-lying areas and mobile home communities, County Mayor Robert Weinroth told a news conference. He also announced that several shelters will open Wednesday at 7:00 AM in seven schools.
The biggest concern in a meteorological event like this is flooding, and for this reason the management of water management in South Florida has already started taking forecasts since last weekend.
The county has more than 2,100 miles (3,380 km) of canals and more than 900 water control structures. South Florida water management spokesman Randy Smith told Telemundo 51 that “we have the channels in what we call the ‘ultra low’ range, that’s a technical term that means we take out as much water as possible before hurt the canal bank, and what it does is allow us to have enormous capacity, probably more than we need, we hope”.
Nicole gets stronger as she gets closer to Florida
The National Hurricane Center reported that the center of Tropical Storm Nicole was about 310 miles (500 km) northeast of the northwestern Bahamas, and that it was moving west near 9 mp3 (15 km/h). On the forecast track, the center of Nicole will approach the northwestern Bahamas tonight, move near or over those islands on Wednesday, and approach the east coast of Florida within the hurricane warning area on Wednesday night.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is expected over the next several days, with Nicole forecast to become a hurricane on Wednesday when near the northwestern Bahamas, and remain a hurricane as it approaches the east coast of Florida. Nicole is a large tropical cyclone with tropical storm-force winds extending outward up to 380 miles (610 km) from the center.
Orlando braces for Nicole, but Ian-like flooding not expected
Buddy Ayer, mayor of the city of Orlando, updated on the preparations that are taking place on the eve of Tropical Storm Nicole, which could reach Florida as a category one hurricane. City crews have been cleaning up storm drains and lowering lake levels, especially in places where there were problems during Hurricane Ian, which hit Florida hard in September. However, he said that this time they are not so worried about flooding:
“We didn’t anticipate the 14 inches we got with Ian, but we’re still likely to get 4 to 6 inches of rain over the course of Wednesday night and Thursday morning.”
Miami Dade and Broward were left out of Nicole’s trajectory cone
Miami Dade and Broward counties are outside the path cone of Tropical Storm Nicole, but residents of this area of the Sunshine State will have to remain very vigilant before the rains that will fall in a large part of the territory and that could lead to flooding. .
For both counties the storm watch remains active and intermittent rains are expected starting Tuesday night. Tropical storm winds will begin to be felt starting Wednesday night.
Schools will close in central Florida
Before Nicole’s arrival on the Florida coast, some school districts in the center of the state announced the closure of their schools. In Brevard County they will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, while in Osceola County schools will close earlier on Wednesday and remain closed on Thursday. Seminole County Public Schools said they plan to provide an update Tuesday afternoon on the storm’s impact on the district.
Friday, November 11, is Veterans Day, so it is a holiday and schools are not open.
Nicole is now officially a tropical storm
As reported by the National Hurricane Center in its 10:00 AM local time bulletin, the system was 350 miles (563 km) northeast of the Bahamas and 460 miles (740 km) east of West Palm Beach, Florida. .
Nicole maintained maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (80 km/h), and was moving west at a speed of 9 mph (14 km/h).
Miami-Dade County to close drawbridges over the Miami River
In anticipation of Subtropical Storm Nicole, Miami-Dade County will close drawbridges over the Miami River at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Drawbridges over the Intracoastal Waterway will close in sequence, starting with the southernmost bridge to the northernmost, and reopen in the opposite sequence.
The Coast Guard warned boaters it was time to seek shelter to avoid dangerous conditions in the Straits of Florida and the Caribbean.
More than 20 million people are under tropical storm warnings.
From the towns of Hallandale Beach, Florida, to Altamaha Sound, Georgia, they remain in a permanent state of vigilance, according to what was published. CNNafter a warning was issued for the weather phenomenon
As Storm Nicole strengthens, the projected track could take it right over Orlando where there is a significant number of tourists.
Following an update in the track data for the subtropical phenomenon, forecasters expect it to turn west and even southwest tonight, then northwest on Thursday.
Storm Nicole will strengthen near the Bahamas and heading for Florida
Subtropical storm Nicole, formed east of the Bahama Islands, will strengthen this Tuesday and Wednesday until it reaches hurricane intensity or is “close” to it, while heading to the east coast of Florida, reported the National Center for Hurricanes (NHC) of the United States
Storm Nicole will hit Florida as a hurricane this week
Nicole, with top winds of 45 miles per hour, is about 500 miles east of the Bahamas in the Atlantic, the warning from the US National Hurricane Center said. The storm is forecast to gain strength as it approaches Florida, reaching the first rung on the Saffir-Simpson scale just before landfall, and then moving toward the US mainland.