Where is Subtropical Storm Nicole now? What the forecast says about Florida track

Alex Harris, Jeff Kleinman, Miami Herald on

Published in Weather News

MIAMI — Subtropical Storm Nicole began strengthening on Tuesday as Florida’s eastern coast prepares for a possible tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane later this week.

Overnight, the National Hurricane Center nudged its predicted track north toward Melbourne, but Nicole’s wind field is already nearly the size of the entire state, so its effects will be felt throughout Florida starting as early as Wednesday.

In addition to the hurricane watches already issued along Florida’s east coast, the hurricane center early Tuesday upgraded the east coast’s tropical storm watch to a warning and issued a tropical storm watch for portions of the state’s western coast.

Early Tuesday morning, an Air Force hurricane hunter plane investigated Nicole’s “large wind field,” according to an update from the hurricane center. The strongest winds are clustered to the north of the storm, bringing potentially bigger impacts for Northeast Florida.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in 34 Florida counties, including South Florida. Officials in coastal counties warned that some evacuations might be needed, but none have been called yet, and no school closings have been announced.

Later Tuesday, at 10 a.m., drawbridges in Miami-Dade County will begin to be locked down to marine traffic. Locked bridges include those over the Intracoastal and the Miami River.


As Nicole advances, people in Florida shouldn’t be overly focused on the hurricane map cone, said CBS Miami meteorologist Lissette Gonzalez.

“This is a large system and we are going to be feeling the impact here,” she said Tuesday.

What’s next?

As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center placed Subtropical Storm Nicole 385 miles east-northeast of the northwestern Bahamas. The storm, with sustained winds of 50 mph, was traveling northwest at 8 mph.


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