According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Nicole’s maximum sustained winds dropped to 60 miles per hour Thursday morning as it moved into central Florida near Orlando.
“Further weakening is forecast as Nicole moves over land over the next day or two, and the storm could become a tropical depression over Georgia tonight or early Friday,” the National Weather Service said in a public advisory. “Nicole is expected to merge with a frontal boundary over the Mid-Atlantic United States by Friday night.”
A tropical storm warning has been discontinued for the east coast of Florida south of Thursday.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Thursday, Florida, south of the Santee River in South Carolina; Indian Pass north of Bonita Beach, Florida; and for Lake Okeechobee, Florida. A storm surge warning is in effect from Jupiter Inlet, Florida to Altamaha Sound, Georgia; to the mouth of the St. Johns River to Georgetown, Florida; and the Anclote River to the Occlony River in Florida. A storm surge watch is in effect from Florida’s Indian Pass to the Oglegonee River; and from Georgia’s Altamaha Sound to South Carolina’s South Santee River, according to the National Weather Service.