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Tropical Storm Nicole and the impacts on Georgia

Tropical Storm Nicole near hurricane strength just east of the Bahamas
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ATLANTA — Tropical storm Nicole is nearing hurricane strength just east of the Bahamas.  Max winds have increased to 70mph.  It is moving WSW toward the eastern coast of Florida.  

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The current forecast track has the center of the storm moving over the Bahamas Wednesday then approaching the Florida coast by Thursday morning.

Nicole is forecast to reach Category 1 Hurricane status before making landfall.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Bahamas.  A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the east coast of Florida and the southern Bahamas, and it extends up along the Georgia and South Carolina coast as well.

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Once the storm makes landfall, it  could briefly enter the Gulf of Mexico before veering northward towards Georgia. On this track, much of the impact on the state will be felt along the Georgia coast on Friday. 

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It is looking increasingly likely that we will see widespread heavy rain on Friday associated with Nicole, but it is dependent on the track of the center of circulation.  Further west, more rain for us.  Further east, drier for us.

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Storm surge along the GA coast could be as high as 6+ feet in some locations.

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We will continue to follow the storm to bring you updates.



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