Tropical Storm Nicole
Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Travel Alert November 2022: Tropical Storm Nicole to Become a Landfalling Hurricane in Florida

The hurricane season in 2022 is not over yet.

If the Bahamas, Florida and southern Georgia are in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to Tropical Storm Nicole, whose landfall as a hurricane could occur as soon as late in the morning tomorrow, Wednesday, November 9, 2022 somewhere in the northern Bahamas before arriving along the east coast of Florida.

Travel Alert November 2022: Tropical Storm Nicole to Become a Landfalling Hurricane in Florida

Tropical Storm Nicole
Source: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this tropical storm system — which is currently centered approximately 250 miles northeast of the northwestern Bahamas and is moving west southwest at ten miles per hour — are 65 miles per hour, which means that it is classified as a strong tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to strengthen to hurricane status prior to a possible landfall in the northwestern Bahamas before continuing on to the east coast of Florida with a landfall that is forecast to occur somewhere between Stuart and Jupiter.

Isolated tornadoes may possibly occur from eastern Florida into parts of eastern Georgia and eastern South Carolina beginning late Wednesday night, November 9, 2022 and continuing through Friday, November 11, 2022.

After landfall in Florida occurs as soon as early in the morning on Thursday, November 10, 2022, the storm will weaken back to a tropical storm as it curves towards the northeastern United States. Expect significant precipitation along the east coast from Georgia all the way to southeastern Québec.

Conditions

Significant precipitation of up to:

  • Eight inches of rain is forecast for northwest Bahamas into the eastern, central, and northern portions of the Florida Peninsula.
  • Six inches of rain is forecast for the southeast into the southern and central Appalachians, western
    Mid Atlantic, and eastern portions of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio.

A dangerous storm surge is likely to cause coastal flooding in the Bahamas, Florida, and Georgia.

Meanwhile, swells generated by what will become Hurricane Nicole are are expected to affect the northwestern Bahamas, the east coast of Florida, and much of the southeastern coast of the United States during the next several days with strong rip currents and surf rough enough to threaten lives.

Official Warnings and Watches

The following official warnings were issued by the National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States:

  • A hurricane warning is currently in effect for:
    • The Abacos, Berry Islands, Bimini, and Grand Bahama Island in the northwestern Bahamas
    • Boca Raton to the border which Flagler County and Volusia County share
  • A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for:
    • Andros Island, New Providence, and Eleuthera in the northwestern Bahamas
    • Hallandale Beach to Boca Raton in Florida
    • The border which Flagler County and Volusia County share in Florida to Altamaha Sound in Georgia
    • Lake Okeechobee
  • A hurricane watch is currently in effect for:
    • Hallandale Beach to Boca Raton in Florida
    • Lake Okeechobee
    • The border which Flagler County and Volusia County share in Florida to Ponte Vedra Beach
  • A tropical storm watch is currently in effect for:
    • South of Hallandale Beach to north of Ocean Reef in Florida
    • North of Bonita Beach to the Ochlockonee River in Florida
    • North of Altamaha Sound Georgia to South Santee River in South Carolina
  • A storm surge warning is currently in effect for:
    • North Palm Beach in Florida to Altamaha Sound in Georgia
    • Mouth of the Saint Johns River to Georgetown in Florida
  • A storm surge watch is currently in effect for:
    • South of North Palm Beach to Hallandale Beach in Florida
    • Altamaha Sound in Georgia to South Santee River in South Carolina
    • Anclote River in Florida to Ochlockonee River in Florida

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from, or within the Bahamas, Florida and southern Georgia over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Here are ten airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

Final Boarding Call

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

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