Tropical Storm Nicole hits Florida

LIVE: Tropical storm conditions begin to affect our region before Nicole

Hurricane and tropical storm warnings in effect

LIVE: WPBF 25 tracking continuous coverage NicoleTropical storm conditions are beginning to impact South Florida and bands of rain are expected around Wednesday afternoon as Nicole approaches the Bahamas. Nicole is expected to become a hurricane on Thursday before making landfall between Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast early Thursday morning.Tracking Nicole: The Latest Tracks and Patterns As of 1 a.m. Wednesday, Nicole is 110 miles past east-northeast of the island of Great Abaco and 290 miles east of West Palm Beach. It has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and is moving west-southwest at 10 mph. Mandatory and voluntary evacuations were announced in South Florida ahead of the landfall. President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration in Florida ahead of the storm. Watches and Warnings A hurricane warning is in effect for: The Abaco Islands, Berry Islands, Bimini and Grand Bahama Island in the northwest BahamasBoca Raton to Flagler/Volusia County Line, FloridaA tropical storm warning is in effect for:Andros Island, New Providence and Eleuthera in the northwestern BahamasHallandale Beach, Florida to Boca Raton, FloridaFlagler/Volusia County Line, Florida to Altamaha Sound , GeorgiaLake OkeechobeeA storm surge warning is in effect for:North Palm Beach, Florida to Altamaha Sound, GeorgiaMouth of the St. Johns River at Georgetown, Florida A hurricane watch is in effect for:Hallandale Beach to Boca Raton, FloridaLake OkeechobeeFlagler/Volusia County Line to Ponte Vedra BeachA storm surge watch is in effect for:South of North Palm Beach to Hallandale Beach, FloridaAltamaha Sound, Georgia to South San tee River, SC Anclote River, Florida to Suwannee River, Florida Too A ical storm watch is in effect for: South of Hallandale Beach to North of Ocean Reef, Florida, North of Bonita Beach to the Ochlockonee River, in Florida, from northern Altmaha Sound, Georgia, to South Santee River, South Carolina. A warning means the conditions are expected within 36 hours. . A watch means conditions are expected within 48 hours. Video below: Treasure Coast Prepares for NicoleWeather | speed cameras | Hurricanes | Traffic | uLocal | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram First Warning Weather Outlook South Florida will see impacts Wednesday and Thursday, with some persisting through Saturday as the storm moves through Florida, WPBF First Warning Weather meteorologists said. Nicole is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday. WPBF 25 declared Wednesday and Thursday the first weather warning days. The main weather concerns are strong winds and heavy rain from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday. The size of the storm – more than 500 miles – means areas all along the Florida coast will feel its impacts, meteorologists from the WPBF First Weather Alert said. Tropical storm conditions are already impacting South Florida. Stronger bands from Nicole are expected to begin early Wednesday afternoon. Sustained winds could reach 60 mph. About 8 inches of rain is possible. There is also the possibility of tornadic activity Wednesday through Friday. The storm surge could reach 4 feet in our area, which could raise water levels about 5 feet above normal tide levels, the NHC said. Waves as high as 20 to 25 feet off the coast are expected, causing beach erosion and life-threatening rip currents. Stay up to date on the latest weather updates with the WPBF 25 News app. You can download it here.

LIVE: Continuous monitoring of WPBF 25 Nicole coverage

Tropical storm conditions are beginning to impact southern Florida and bands of rain are expected around Wednesday afternoon as Nicole moves closer to the Bahamas.

Nicole is expected to become a hurricane Thursday before making landfall between Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast early Thursday morning.

Nicole follow-up: The latest tracks and models

As of 1 a.m. Wednesday, Nicole was 110 miles east-northeast of Great Abaco Island and 290 miles east of West Palm Beach. It has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and is moving west-southwest at 10 mph.

Mandatory and voluntary evacuations have been announced across South Florida before landing.

President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration in Florida Before the storm.

Watches and Warnings

A hurricane warning is in effect for:

  • The Abacos, Berry Islands, Bimini and Grand Bahama Island in the northwest of the Bahamas
  • Boca Raton to Flagler/Volusia County Line, Florida
hurricane warning

A tropical storm warning is in effect for:

  • Andros Island, New Providence and Eleuthera in the northwest Bahamas
  • Hallandale Beach, Florida to Boca Raton, Florida
  • Flagler/Volusia County Line, Florida to Altamaha Sound, Georgia
  • Lake Okeechobee

A storm surge warning is in effect for:

  • North Palm Beach, Florida to Altamaha Sound, Georgia
  • Mouth of the St. Johns River in Georgetown, Florida

A hurricane watch is in effect for:

  • Hallandale Beach in Boca Raton, Florida
  • Lake Okeechobee
  • Flagler/Volusia County Line to Ponte Vedra Beach

A storm surge watch is in effect for:

  • South of North Palm Beach to Hallandale Beach, Florida
  • Altamaha Sound, Georgia to South Santee River, South Carolina
  • Anclote River, Florida to Suwannee River, Florida

A tropical storm watch is in effect for:

  • South of Hallandale Beach to North of Ocean Reef, Florida
  • North of Bonita Beach to the Ochlockonee River, Florida
  • North Altmaha Sound, Georgia to South Santee River, South Carolina

A warning means the conditions are expected within 36 hours. A watch means conditions are expected within 48 hours.

Video below: Treasure Coast prepares for Nicole

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First weather alert

South Florida will see impacts Wednesday and Thursday, with some persisting through Saturday as the storm lessens across Florida, WPBF First Warning Weather meteorologists said.

Nicole is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday.

WPBF 25 declared Wednesday and Thursday the first weather warning days.

The main weather concerns are strong winds and heavy rain from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday.

The size of the storm — more than 500 miles — means areas all along the Florida coast will feel its impacts, meteorologists from WPBF First Warning Weather said.

Tropical storm conditions are already affecting South Florida. Stronger groups from Nicole should start around early afternoon Wednesday.

Sustained winds could rise up to 60 mph. About 8 inches of rain is possible. There is also the possibility of tornadic activity Wednesday through Friday.

The storm surge could reach 4 feet in our area, which could raise water levels about 5 feet above normal tide levels, the NHC said. Waves as high as 20 to 25 feet off the coast are expected, causing beach erosion and life-threatening rip currents.

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