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Watches And Warnings For Portions Of Florida Today

Subtropical Storm Nicole is a threat to Florida and the Bahamas.  There is now a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch from Hallandale Beach to the Volusia/Brevard county line in Florida.  There’s a tropical storm watch for Miami-Dade (south to Ocean Reef) and for the Gulf coast from Bonita Beach to the Ochlockonee River.   Portions of the northwestern Bahamas are under a hurricane warning, and Nassau is under a tropical storm warning.

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Tuesday will be breezy with a mix of sun and clouds.  Look for plenty of showers.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains along the Atlantic coast through Thursday evening.  Some coastal flooding is possible along the Atlantic coast.  Highs on Tuesday will be in the mid-80s.

Wednesday and Thursday will see the greatest impacts from Nicole in South Florida.  Expect windy conditions and heavy rain around South Florida.  Some flooding is likely along the Atlantic coast.  Tropical storm conditions are likely in the east coast metro area.  The Gulf Coast will be windy with periods of showers and heavy rain.  Look for some improvement in our weather late on Thursday.  Wednesday’s highs will be in the upper 70s, and Thursday’s highs will be in the low 80s.

Friday will feature breezy conditions and periods of storms along the Gulf coast, while the east coast metro area will see a mix of sun, clouds, and showers on the breeze.  Friday’s highs will be in the mid-80s in the east coast metro area and in the low 80s along the Gulf coast.

Saturday’s forecast calls for good sun and a few clouds.  Highs on Saturday will be in the mid-80s in the east coast metro area and the low 80s along the Gulf coast.

In the tropics, Subtropical Storm Nicole is expected to transition into a tropical system and strengthen into a hurricane before reaching the Florida coast late on Wednesday or very early on Thursday.  At 5 am, Nicole was located near 27.6 North, 71.6 West, about 400 miles east-northeast of the northwestern Bahamas.  Maximum sustained winds were 45 miles per hour, and Nicole was moving northwest at 8 miles per hour.  A tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch are in effect for Broward northward, and there’s a tropical storm watch for Miami-Dade and portions of the Gulf coast. The northwestern Bahamas can expect hurricane conditions, and South Florida should be prepared for periods of tropical storm force winds, heavy rain, and coastal flooding.

Elsewhere, the low well east of Bermuda has a low chance of becoming a short-lived depression or tropical storm in the next few days.

Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.

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