Subtropical Storm Nicole formed in the Atlantic Monday morning and is expected to approach the Florida coast as a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The FOX 35 Storm Team said local impacts could include strong winds, heavy rain, beach erosion, a Coastal Flood Watch, and the potential for power outages.
As of 11 a.m. Monday, the entire Central Florida viewing area's coastline is under a Storm Surge Watch. Three to five feet of surge is possible from Nicole. Residents will want to stay off the beaches as rip currents will become hazardous.
Here is the timeline of potential tropical impacts:
- Tuesday, Nov. 8: Increasing winds and late showers
- Wednesday, Nov. 9 through Thursday, Nov.10: Strongest winds will arrive and beach conditions will worsen
- Friday, Nov. 11: The system will begin exiting the area, though heavy rain and wind will continue
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Here are preparations you should finalize in the next two days:
- If you live along an area prone to sea water intrusion, be sure to get sandbags ahead of the storm's arrival.
- Make sure your devices are charged as power outages are possible Thursday and Friday.
- Gather all items you need to stay put for two days, starting Wednesday night.
Nicole is the fourteenth named storm of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs through Nov. 30. Stay with the FOX 35 Storm Team for continual updates on the storm.