Nicole moving toward Great Abaco Island

09 Nov 2022 / Bahamas

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Abacos, Berry Islands, Bimini, Grand Bahama Island in the northwestern Bahamas, and Boca Raton to Flagler/Volusia County Line Florida.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Andros Island, New Providence, and Eleuthera 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 and Lake Okeechobee…

…At 700am EST (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Nicole was located near latitude 26.6 North, longitude 76.2 West. Nicole is moving toward the west-southwest near 13 mph (20 km/h). A turn toward the west is expected today, 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 approach the northwestern Bahamas this morning, move near or over those islands by midday, and approach 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 then across the Carolinas Friday and Friday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected today, and Nicole is forecast to become a hurricane near the northwestern Bahamas and remain a hurricane when 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 night over the Mid-Atlantic states.

Nicole is a large tropical storm. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 460 miles (740 km) especially to the north of the center. During the past few hours, a National Ocean Service station at the Lake Worth Pier, Florida, reported sustained winds of 44mph (71 km/h) and a wind gust of 55mph (89 km/h)…

...Tropical storm conditions are occurring across the northwestern Bahamas, and hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning area starting in the next several hours.

Tropical storm conditions are also occurring along portions of the east coast of Florida and will spread northward within the warning area through Georgia and South Carolina today and tonight.

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…

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Source: Extract from National Hurricane Center, Miami FL, Tropical Storm Nicole Intermediate Advisory Number 9A issued at 700am EST on 9 November 2022

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