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Huge Hurricane Nicol was dumping It rains A storm hit the east coast of the Sunshine State in Florida Wednesday night, threatening to bring damaging winds and heavy rains to some areas still recovering from Hurricane Ian.
The storm hit the Bahamas, building from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane.
Nicole’s eye is expected to make landfall on the Florida coast late Wednesday or early Thursday, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
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Nicole is on her way to becoming the first hurricane to make landfall in the US in almost 40 years.
Here are the latest developments:
• Nicole withstood winds up to 75 mph after passing through the Bahamas.
• Tropical storm winds can extend up to 485 miles from the center of Nicole, according to the Hurricane Center. A huge wind field – wider than Ian, who is strong on Florida’s approaches – means that nearly the entire state feels winds of 39 mph or more from Nicole.
• More than 5.3 million people have hurricane warnings and 4.1 million people are under hurricane surveillance.
• A distance of approximately 3 to 8 inches is possible from the northwestern Bahamas to eastern, central, and northern Florida. About 2 to 6 inches is expected by Friday from parts of the southeastern United States to the southern and central Appalachian Mountains to the western mid-Atlantic, according to the Hurricane Center.
• Coastal water levels could rise up to 6 feet above normal tide levels in the northwestern Bahamas and up to 5 feet from North Palm Beach, Florida to Altamaha Sound, Georgia. Storm surges of up to 4 feet can occur south and north of the range, including parts of the South Carolina coast.
• Evacuation has been ordered. His 22 homes in Volusia County and New He considered several condo buildings in Smyrna Beach, so authorities may say the buildings are unsafe.
• The St. Johns River, which flooded in some areas after Hurricane Ian, was approaching a major flood stage near Astor and a moderate flood stage near DeLand.