Early on Tuesday, as it churned approached the Atlantic coastline of Florida and the northwest Bahamas, subtropical Storm Nicole started to intensify and became a tropical storm, according to forecasters.
Nicole’s structure is starting to resemble a tropical storm, thus, intensification is anticipated to begin later today, according to an alert from the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Several watches and advisories are still in effect.
Hurricane Ian, which struck Florida’s southwest Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane in late September before dumping copious quantities of rain throughout much of the state’s central region, has left many areas still reeling from the damage it wrought.
According to the alert, the Abacos, Berry Islands, Bimini, and Grand Bahama Island all have hurricane warnings in place.
Additionally, a tropical storm warning was still in effect for Andros Island, New Province, and Eleuthera in the Bahamas.
Although the hurricane center reported that the storm’s trajectory had slightly moved north overnight, the specific course is still unknown.
It was predicted to land as a Category 1 storm late on Wednesday or early on Thursday along Florida’s coast.
In the United States, hurricane watches and tropical storm warnings were issued for many of Florida’s Atlantic coastline, from Altamaha Sound in Georgia north of Miami.
Tropical storm watches are in force throughout Florida’s Gulf Coast from Bonita Beach in southwest Florida to the Ochlockonee River in the Panhandle.
The warning region extends inland, covering Lake Okeechobee.
It is primarily academic whether a storm is subtropical or tropical.
A non-frontal low-pressure system known as a subtropical storm often has an enormous wind field that extends farther from its center and has tropical and extratropical cyclones traits.
The storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was located about 385 miles (615 kilometers) east northeast of the northwest Bahamas at 7 a.m. (80 kph).