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America. Florida is threatened by hurricanes. Tropical Storm Nicole is strengthening

America.  Florida is threatened by hurricanes.  Tropical Storm Nicole is strengthening

Tropical Storm Nicole is strengthening as it threatens Florida. If it becomes a hurricane, it would be the first of its kind to hit the U.S. in November since 1985, CNN reported. It is expected to land on Thursday. Meteorologists have warned of heavy rain, high storm surges and coastal flooding.

Nicole, the element now referred to Storm The tropical storm, located about 680 kilometers east of West Palm Beach on Florida’s east coast, was developing sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday.

The element moves westward. Meteorologists predict it will hit eastern Florida Thursday morning local time, before it reaches the strength of a Category 1 hurricane at five points on the Saffir-Simpson scale. At that time the wind will blow at a speed of 119 km per hour. The element is expected to pass through the Bahamas on Wednesday.

Heavy rain and high tides

By Friday, the area from the northwestern Bahamas to eastern, central and northern Florida will experience 75 to 125 liters of water per square metre, with local drops of 180 litres/sq metre. There will also be high storm surges and coastal flooding. Heavy rain associated with Nicole also threatens Georgia and South Carolina. In parts of southeastern Georgia and South Carolina, rainfall of 25-100 l / sq m is expected.

Weather warnings cover an area of ​​several million people.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Monday declared a state of emergency in 34 counties along the state’s east coast. – I ask all residents to be ready and listen to announcements of local services – he said.

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Satellite image of Tropical Storm Nicole on November 8NHC/NOAA

The first of its kind in almost 40 years

Although hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean runs through November 30, CNN points out that the last hurricane to hit the U.S. in November was Category 2 Hurricane Kate in 1985.

After Nicole hits eastern Florida, she should head north and reach Georgia. According to forecasts, it will gradually weaken and pass through the next eastern states of the US, reaching New York on Saturday.

Nicole’s Tropical Storm Forecast JourneyNHC/NOAA

Nicole was not directly affected by the powerful Hurricane Ian that hit West Florida in late September, but people in that part of the state were also affected by heavy rain and strong winds. Ian was a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 250 km/h. As a result, at least 120 people died in Florida, CNN recalled.

Main photo source: NHC/NOAA

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