Nicole weakens to a tropical depression, tornado watch continues

Nicole weakens to a tropical depression, tornado watch continues

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) – The National Weather Service says Nicole has weakened to a tropical depression.

Our forecasters say there is still a slight risk of tornadoes for the Lowcountry.

A tornado watch will last until 1 a.m. Friday and includes Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Orangeburg and Williamsburg counties.

Earlier in the day, a tornado warning expired for Colleton and Dorchester counties.

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located at 5:17 p.m. near Knightsville, moving northwest at 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The warning expired at 17:45

A tropical storm warning expired Thursday afternoon for Charleston, Berkeley and coastal Colleton counties. However, coastal waters from Jasper County to the Charleston-Georgetown line remain under a tropical storm warning.

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Live 5 Meteorologist Joey Sovine says tropical storm surges are possible Wednesday through Friday.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

A tornado watch means that conditions are suitable for tornado formation, but does not indicate that an actual tornado has been detected.

Tropical Storm Nicole collapsed several houses into the Atlantic Ocean. Nicole made landfall early Thursday morning near Vero Beach, Florida, but most of the damage was along the East Coast well north of there, in the Daytona Beach area. Its damaging coastal surge hit beachfront properties in Daytona Beach Shores that lost their last protection during Hurricane Ian.

The Live 5 Weather team declared Thursday and Friday the first alert days for possible storm impacts.

Sovine says coastal flooding is likely by Friday around high tide, with beach erosion and large waves.

Sovine said heavy rain could be possible with rainfall totals between one and four inches. By Friday, breezy conditions could develop, with winds occasionally gusting to or over 40 mph near the coast.

On Monday, Nicole became the 14th named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.

Nicole is forecast to continue to weaken as the center moves into Georgia and through...
Nicole is forecast to continue to weaken as the center moves into Georgia and through the Carolinas on Friday.(Live 5)

As of 7 p.m., Nicole remained a tropical storm centered near latitude 30 north and longitude 83.8 west, about 40 miles southeast of Tallahassee. The storm was moving northwest at 15 mph, and its estimated minimum central pressure is 990 mb or 29.24 inches.

Forecasters say a turn to the northwest and northwest is expected later Thursday and Thursday night, followed by an acceleration to the north and north-northeast on Friday.

Center Nicholl is forecast to move across central Florida this morning, possibly exit over the far northeastern Gulf of Mexico Monday afternoon, and then move across Florida and Georgia Thursday evening and Friday.

Nicole is still a major tropical storm, but maximum sustained winds have decreased to nearly 45 mph with higher gusts.

City of Charleston officials say they will be closely monitoring the tropical storm. Crews have already started preparing for potential storm surges.

“Residents are asked to watch for reliable local weather reports over the next several days,” Emergency Management Director Ben Almquist said in a news release. “If poor conditions occur, members of the public are advised to follow the directions of Emergency Management officials and, as always, motorists should avoid driving through high water when encountered.”

The city’s stormwater department has prepared temporary pumps for low-lying areas. Crews will also clean ditches and drains in flood-prone areas.

To find out how you can help, visit the Adopt-A-Drain website by clicking here.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.

Tropical Storm Nicole moving in Florida, Georgia

Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach as a Category 1 hurricane around 3 a.m. Thursday, more than a hundred miles south of Daytona Beach Shores, before its maximum sustained winds dropped to 60 miles per hour, the Washington-based center said. Miami. The storm was centered about 30 miles southeast of Orlando. It was moving west-northwest near 14 mph.

Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, advised people to understand that the dangers of Tropical Storm Nicole “will exist across the state of Florida today.”

Nicole could briefly exit the northeastern corner of the Gulf of Mexico Thursday afternoon before moving over the Florida Panhandle and Georgia, he said.

The storm left southern Florida sunny and calm as it moved north, but could dump as much as 6 inches of rain on the Blue Ridge Mountains by Friday, the hurricane center said.

Nicole became a hurricane Wednesday night when it made landfall on the island of Grand Bahama. It was the first to hit the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian, A Category 5 storm that ravaged the archipelago in 2019

For Storm-Weary Floridiansit is only the third November hurricane to hit their shores since records began in 1853. The previous ones were Hurricane Yankee in 1935 and Hurricane Kate in 1985.

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