RAIN. WIND. STORM SURGE. GET READY NOW…
BY: WEATHER TEAM | BocaNewsNow.com
UPDATE 6:45 p.m: Nicole is now a hurricane.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Tropical Storm Nicole is strengthening and is still expected to hit South Florida as a Category One hurricane late tonight or early Thursday morning. Now is the time to finish preparations. An evacuation order remains in effect for Zones A and B in Palm Beach County.
This is the just released 4 p.m. advisory from the NHC:
BULLETIN Tropical Storm Nicole Advisory Number 11 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL172022 400 PM EST Wed Nov 09 2022
… NICOLE BRINGING A DANGEROUS STORM SURGE AND STRONG WINDS TO GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND…
SUMMARY OF 400 PM EST…2100 UTC… INFORMATION ———————————————- LOCATION…26.5N 77.9W ABOUT 55 MI…90 KM E OF FREEPORT GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND ABOUT 135 MI…220 KM E OF WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…70 MPH…110 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT… W OR 270 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…20 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…985 MB…29.09 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS ——————– CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
- The Abacos, Berry Islands, and Grand Bahama Island in the northwestern Bahamas * Boca Raton to Flagler/Volusia County Line Florida
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
- Bimini in the northwestern Bahamas * Hallandale Beach Florida to Boca Raton Florida * Flagler/Volusia County Line Florida to South Santee River South Carolina * North of Bonita Beach to Indian Pass Florida * Lake Okeechobee
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…
- North Palm Beach Florida to Altamaha Sound Georgia * Mouth of the St. Johns River to Georgetown Florida * Anclote River Florida to Ochlockonee River Florida
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
- Hallandale Beach to Boca Raton Florida * Lake Okeechobee
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for…
- Ochlockonee River to Indian Pass Florida * South of North Palm Beach to Hallandale Beach Florida * Altamaha Sound Georgia to South Santee River South Carolina
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.
A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov. This is a life-threatening situation.
Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.
A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.
For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.
Interests in the remainder of Florida and along the southeastern coast of the United States should monitor the progress of Nicole.
For storm information specific to your area in the United States, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office. For storm information specific to your area outside of the United States, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK ———————- At 400 PM EST (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Nicole was located near latitude 26.5 North, longitude 77.9 West. Nicole is moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h). A turn toward the west-northwest is expected tonight, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Thursday, and north or north-northeast on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Nicole will move near or over Grand Bahama Island in the northwestern Bahamas this afternoon and evening, and move onshore the east coast of Florida within the hurricane warning area tonight. Nicole’s center is then expected to move across central and northern Florida into southern Georgia Thursday and Thursday night, and into the Carolinas Friday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected this evening, and Nicole is forecast to become a hurricane before it reaches the east coast of Florida tonight. Nicole is expected to weaken while moving across Florida and the southeastern United States Thursday through Friday, and it is likely to become a post-tropical cyclone by Friday afternoon.
Nicole is a large tropical storm. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 485 miles (780 km) from the center especially to the north of the center. A NOAA Coastal Marine Observing Site at Settlement Point on the west end of Grand Bahama Island has recently reported sustained winds of 40 mph (64 km/h) and a wind gust of 54 mph (87 km/h). A private weather station on Elbow Cay, just east of Great Abaco Island, recently reported sustained winds of 46 mph (74 km/h) and a wind gust of 64 mph (103 km/h).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 985 mb (29.09 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ———————- Key messages for Nicole can be found in the Tropical Cyclone Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT2, WMO header WTNT42 KNHC, and on the web at http://www.hurricanes.gov/text/MIATCDAT2.shtml.
WIND: Hurricane and tropical storm conditions will continue across portions of the northwestern Bahamas through tonight. Tropical storm conditions will continue along portions of the east coast of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina in the warning areas into Thursday. Hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning area in Florida tonight or Thursday morning. Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area tonight.
Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area along the west coast of Florida by this evening or tonight.
STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide…
- North Palm Beach Florida to Altamaha Sound Georgia including the St. Johns River to the Fuller Warren Bridge…3 to 5 ft * Anclote River to Ochlockonee River…3 to 5 ft * Altamaha Sound Georgia to the South Santee River South Carolina…2 to 4 ft * St. Johns River south of the Fuller Warren Bridge to Georgetown Florida…2 to 4 ft * Hallandale Beach to North Palm Beach…2 to 4 ft * Ochlockonee River to Indian Pass…2 to 4 ft * Englewood to Anclote River including Tampa Bay…1 to 3 ft * North of Ocean Reef to Hallandale Beach including Biscayne Bay…1 to 2 ft * South Santee River to Surf City North Carolina…1 to 2 ft
Storm surge could raise water levels by as much as 4 to 6 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast of the northwestern Bahamas in areas of onshore winds.
The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the north of the landfall location, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances. For information specific to your area, please see products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.
RAINFALL: Nicole is expected to produce the following rainfall amounts through Saturday:
Northwest Bahamas into the eastern, central and northern portions of the Florida Peninsula: 3 to 5 inches with local maxima of 8 inches.
Southeast into the southern and central Appalachians, western Mid-Atlantic, and eastern portions of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio: 2 to 4 inches with local maxima of 6 inches along the Blue Ridge.
Northern Mid-Atlantic into New England: 1 to 4 inches.
Flash and urban flooding will be possible, along with renewed river rises on the St. Johns River, across the Florida Peninsula today into Thursday. Heavy rainfall from this system will spread northward across portions of the Southeast, eastern Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and New England Thursday into Friday night, where limited flooding impacts will be possible.
TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible tonight across eastern Florida, and Thursday from northeastern Florida into parts of southeast Georgia, eastern South Carolina, and southeast North Carolina.
SURF: Large swells generated by Nicole will affect the northwestern Bahamas, the east coast of Florida, and much of the southeastern United States coast during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Please consult products from your local weather office.
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