Florida prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Nicole with evacuations

As Tropical Storm Nicole intensifies, Florida authorities have issued mandatory evacuations in some areas with closures of schools, airports, etc. The possible hurricane will have a high impact in some coastal areas of Florida

Francis Martin Leon Ayer 5 min
Infrared image of Nicole as of November 9, 2022 06:40 UTC with predicted intensity, trajectory, and cone of uncertainty. Zoom Earth

LAST MINUTE: November 10, 2022. Nicole It is already a hurricane near the coast of Florida with enormous dimensions:

Tropical Storm Nicole poses a direct threat to property and lifeVolusia County Manager George Recktenwald said in a news release. “Residents must take this storm seriously“.

Tropical Storm Nicole will intensify to a Category 1 hurricane

Nicole is getting better organized and gaining strength. It is located about a few hundred kilometers east of the northeastern Bahamas and drifts west. Nicole has a great wind field and is already felt on the Florida coast. Tropical storm conditions are beginning to spread across the northwestern Bahamas and portions of the east coast of Florida.

According to the NHC, at 0600 UTC on November 9, 2022, the center of Tropical Storm Nicole was 465 km east of Florida and was moving west-southwest near 18 km/h approaching the Bahamas and Florida. .

Prediction of the intensity, trajectory and cone of uncertainty of Nicoles. NHC

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 110 km/h with higher gusts.

Some strengthening is expected during the next few hours, and it is forecast that Nicole will become a hurricane tonight and will remain a hurricane when it reaches the east coast of Florida.

Key messages associated with Nicole

Nicole is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane near the northwestern Bahamas on Wednesday, November 9, maintain that intensity until it makes landfall along Florida’s Atlantic coast sometime Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Total precipitation accumulations, in mm, as of November 12, 2022 12 UTC for the continental US.

Nicole is forecast to make landfall in Florida as a hurricane, generating coastal flooding, high winds, rough seas and storm surge. Its effects will be felt before Nicole’s core hits the ground.

Forecast gusts by the HRES ECMWF model for the southeastern US for the next few days in km/h and color scale with broad signals from Nicole. WXCHARTS

The storm surge will be intense and along with rough seas will cause very very damaging effects:

In Florida, the damage caused by the powerful hurricane Ian category 4 when it affected end of september 2022 the western coast of the Peninsula with devastating and deadly effects.

This entry was published in News on 09 Nov 2022 by Francisco Martín León