Hurricane Watch Issued In Florida As Subtropical Storm Nicole Nears

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Update (11/10/22, 2:09 PM): After making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane Thursday morning, Tropical Storm Nicole has weakened. Local affiliate WESH reports that As of 1 p.m., Nicole was 45 miles north of Tampa and 165 miles southeast of Tallahassee. Florida A&M University canceled classes on campus in anticipation of the storm

“Florida A&M University (FAMU) is actively monitoring the path of Tropical Storm Nicole. As a result of the storm’s predicted path northward, the College of Law has announced the cancelation of classes Wednesday and Thursday. No classes were scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11 in honor of the Veterans Day holiday.” the statement from FAMU’s website reads. FAMU release also announces that on-campus operations will resume on Monday, November 14th.

Both Albany State University and Edward Waters University also made classes virtual in anticipation of strong weather conditions brought about by Tropical Storm Nicole.

Original Reporting Below

Florida residents are bracing for Subtropical Storm Nicole as it nears landfall.

The Weather Channel reports that the storm has prompted hurricane, tropical storm, and storm surge alerts as it travels rapidly toward the Southeast U.S Coast of Florida. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the storm. Tropical storm watches were also issued for South Georgia. Heavy rain, strong wind, and coastal flooding, amongst other conditions, are expected this week.

The classification of Nicole as a Subtropical Storm means that it has characteristics of both a tropical and non-tropical storm but it doesn’t fit the qualifications of a Hurricane. However, Nicole is forecast to turn into a tropical storm as the week continues. News of Subtropical Storm Nicole comes only a few weeks after Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida. Ian was a Category 4 hurricane and the deadliest to strike Florida since 1935. Experts predict Nicole’s conditions could be more severe than Hurricane Ian if it strengthens.

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News of Subtropical Storm Nicole comes only a few weeks after Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida. Ian was a Category 4 hurricane and the deadliest to strike Florida since 1935.


High winds are expected to arrive between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The strong winds could knock down trees and power sources. Florida Memorial University issued a statement through its social media announcing that they are monitoring the storm and will be providing updates via its website and other social outlets. As of this writing neither FAMU, Bethune-Cookman nor Edward Waters has released a statement or plans concerning Subtropical Storm Nicole.

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