Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Nicole, a rare November hurricane, makes landfall in Florida

Hurricane Nicole made landfall on Florida’s east coast early Thursday with strong winds, dangerous storm surges and heavy rain, officials said.

The rare storm in November prompted evacuations as well as the closure of airports and amusement parks, including Mar-a-Lago, the estate of former President Donald Trump.

Officials warned that Hurricane Ian could further destroy many of the beaches affected in September. The storm is forecast to make landfall in Georgia and the Carolinas Thursday through Friday, and heavy rain is expected throughout the region.

The Miami-based US National Hurricane Center said early Thursday, Nicole was a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 km/h). It was moving in a west-northwest direction at approximately 14 mph (22 km/h).

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Tropical storm-force winds were reaching up to 780 kilometers (485 mi) from the vortex in some directions.

The Meteorological Service said some tornadoes are likely to hit east-central and northeast Florida early Thursday as the meteor’s passage passes. In addition, flash and urban flooding could occur, as well as the St. John’s River crossing the peninsula on Thursday. Heavy rain from the system will spread north and reach New England.

The swelling generated by Nicole will affect the northwestern Bahamas, the east coast of Florida and the southeast coast of the United States during the next few days.

The storm is expected to lose strength as it passes over Florida and the southeastern United States by Friday, and is likely to become a tropical cyclone later that day.

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Coto reported from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Associated Press writers Zeke Miller in Washington and Terry Spencer in Palm Beach, Florida contributed to this report.

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