Nicole makes landfall in Florida as a Category 1 hurricane

All hurricane warnings have been discontinued as Nicole now traverses Florida as a weakened tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

All warnings to the northwest Bahamas have ceased as the system moves west.

A storm surge warning has also been canceled from North Palm Beach to Jupiter Bay, as has a storm surge warning south of North Palm Beach to Hallandale Beach. However, Florida and the rest of the Southeast are under a storm surge warning or watch.

Nicole now has slightly weaker winds of 70 mph – down from 75 mph at landfall – with higher gusts as it continues to move west-northwest at 14 mph.

“Nicole remains a large tropical storm,” the National Hurricane Center said. “Tropical storm strong winds extended out to 450 miles from the center, especially northward.”

Winds are increasing off Florida’s west coast. Sustained winds of 38 mph and gusts of 45 mph were reported at Clearwater Beach near the Tampa-St. Petersburg subway.

Here are the watches and warnings that are still in effect as of 4AM ET:

Tropical Storm Warnings apply to:

  • Boca Raton, FL to South Santee River, SC
  • North of Bonita Beach to Indian Pass, Florida
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Storm surge warnings apply to:

  • Jupiter’s Inlet in Florida to Altamaha Strait in Georgia
  • Mouth of the Sage Johns River to Georgetown, FL
  • Anclote River, Florida to Oaklockney River, Florida

Storm Surge Watch is suitable for:

  • Oak Lockney River to Indian Pass, Florida
  • Altamaha Strait, Georgia to South Santee River, South Carolina

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