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Massive Hurricane Nicole It was pouring the rain A storm made landfall on the Sunshine State’s east coast in Florida Wednesday night, still threatening damaging winds and heavy rainfall in some places. is recovering From Hurricane Ian.
Earlier, the storm hit the Bahamas while strengthening from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane.
According to the US National Hurricane Center, Nicole’s eye is expected to make landfall on the Florida coast late Wednesday or early Thursday.
Nicole is on track to become the first hurricane to make landfall in the US in nearly 40 years in November.
Here are the latest developments:
• Nicole has sustained winds of 75 mph after crossing the Bahamas.
• Tropical storm force winds extend 485 miles from Nicole’s center, the hurricane center said. The enormous wind field — wider than Strong Ion’s on its Florida approach — will see almost the entire state feel winds of 39 mph or more from Nicole.
• More than 5.3 million people are under hurricane warnings and 4.1 million people are under hurricane watches.
• About 3 to 8 inches is possible from the northwestern Bahamas to eastern, central and northern parts of Florida. About 2 to 6 inches is expected through Friday from parts of the southeastern United States to the southern and central Appalachians and the western mid-Atlantic, according to the hurricane center.
• Coastal water levels can As high as 6 feet above normal tide in the northwestern Bahamas, 5 feet from North Palm Beach, Florida to Altamaha Sound, Georgia. A surge of up to 4 feet is possible south and north of that range, including along parts of the South Carolina coast.
• The St. Johns River that flooded in some areas after Hurricane Ian Approaching major flood stage near Aster and moderate flood conditions near DeLand.