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Tropical Depression Nicole bringing heavy rain to portions of US after pounding Florida

NewsTropical Depression Nicole bringing heavy rain to portions of US after pounding Florida

Nicole was downgraded to a tropical depression Thursday night as it continued to move north into Georgia.

The storm, which made landfall at 3 a.m., south of Vero Beach Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane with 75-mph winds, left behind a trail of destruction in Florida.

Thousands were left without power and several buildings fell into the ocean.

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Renewed river flooding on the St. Johns River is continuing this morning. 

Isolated flash, urban, and small stream flooding will be possible today across the southern and central Appalachians, particularly in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Heavy rain and isolated flooding impacts will extend north through eastern Ohio, west central Pennsylvania, into western New York and northern New England by tonight into Saturday.

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Here’s the latest update from the NHC as of  4 a.m. Nov. 11:

Tropical Depression Nicole

  • Location: 70 miles southwest of Macon, Georgia
  • Maximum wind speed: 35 mph
  • Direction:  north-northwest at 16 mph
  • Next advisory: 

At 4 a.m., the center of Tropical Depression Nicole was located 70 miles southwest of Macon, Georgia.

The depression is moving toward the north-northwest near 16 mph. An acceleration toward the north and north-northeast is expected today.

On the forecast track, the center of Nicole will move across central and northern Georgia this morning and over the western Carolinas later today.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph, with higher gusts.

Nicole is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone later today, then dissipate tonight or early Saturday as it merges with a frontal system over the eastern United States.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 997 mb.

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Expected impacts from Tropical Depression Nicole

Storm surge: Surge related flooding will continue to recede along portions of Georgia’s southern coast and Florida’s Gulf and east coasts, including the St. Johns River.

Rain: Nicole is expected to produce the following rainfall amounts through Saturday:

  • Portions of the Southeast, southern and central Appalachians, central and eastern portions of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio: 2 to 4 inches with localized amounts of 6 to 8 inches along the Blue Ridge.
  • Northern Mid-Atlantic into New England: 1 to 3 inches.

Renewed river flooding on the St. Johns River in Florida is ongoing.

Limited flooding impacts will be possible across portions of the Appalachians, upper Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and New England through Saturday.

Tornadoes: A few tornadoes are possible early this morning over eastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina. The threat will shift north across central and eastern North Carolina into southern and eastern Virginia today.

When is the Atlantic hurricane season?

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

When is the peak of hurricane season?

Hurricane season's ultimate peak is Sept. 10 but the season goes through Nov. 30. Credit: NOAA

Although the season has gotten off to a quiet start, the peak of the season is Sept. 10, with the most activity happening between mid-August and mid-October, according to the Hurricane Center.

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See the National Hurricane Center’s five-day graphical tropical weather outlook below.

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