CNN — As many residents endure the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, a powerful storm with torrential downpours and damaging winds could hit the east coast of Florida as a Category 1 hurricane this week. Subtropical Storm Nicole is expected to intensify slowly as it approaches the Florida Peninsula, bringing heavy rain that can cause dangerous storm surges and strong winds starting Wednesday, according to Acting National Hurricane Center Director Jamie Rhome. . “We believe that a significant part of the Florida Peninsula will be affected by these conditions,” Rhome said in a video briefing posted online on Monday. According to CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford, more than 20 million people are on a tropical storm warning from Harlandale Beach, Florida, north to Altamaha Sound, Georgia. A tropical storm warning has also been issued for Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida, he said. Additionally, more than 5 million people are on storm surge warnings from North Palm Beach north to Altamaha Sound, Shackelford added. As of early Tuesday, more than 8 million people in Florida were under hurricane warning, Shackelford said. The storm is expected to make landfall over West Palm Beach on Thursday morning, he said. An area of the state’s west coast from north of Bonita Beach to the Ochlockonee River also received a tropical storm advisory on Tuesday morning. Nicole was about 400 miles northeast of the Northwest Bahamas on Tuesday morning. After Tuesday, a tropical storm is expected. Nicole isn’t expected to intensify as quickly as it did at the end of September when Hurricane Ian killed at least 120 people on its path in Florida and ravaged communities that were still staggering from destruction. “We are not predicting major hurricanes,” said Rhome. “Again, it’s not the Ian situation, but it’s still a potentially influential system.” Rhome said the impact is in that a strong tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane is expected when it reaches Florida from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning. “Florida residents need to take this seriously,” said Rhome. According to the Hurricane Center, the warning comes as a hurricane advisory is now in effect along the east coast of Florida from the Volusia/Brevard county line to Harlandale Beach. The clock also extends north of Miami to the Space Coast and includes Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Cape Canaveral and Melbourne. Subtropical Storm Nicole boasts 45 mph winds and higher flavor on Tuesday as it heads towards Florida from the hurricane alert northwest Bahamas. “Don’t let the ‘sub’ fool you. #Nicole is a powerful storm that will have a major impact not only near the center, but across the entire southeastern coastline of the United States. Coastal flooding, big waves, and rip currents will extend from the tip of Florida to North Carolina.” As many people across Florida head to their polling stations on Tuesday midterm election day, forecasters are warning them to be prepared: “Florida will experience sporadic showers and storms until Tuesday afternoon in parts of the state,” the National Weather Service explained. “The tidal wave will bring large and destructive waves,” the Hurricane Center said. “People in alert areas should heed the advice of local authorities.” -Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava was briefed online about the storm and urged residents to prepare, Levine Cava said in a social media post: “Residents and visitors should monitor the forecast and ensure that their storm kits are up to date.” He said, “We are taking all necessary precautions to prepare for potential flooding and power outages.” Officials don’t expect the storm to affect Election Day on Tuesday.Acting Hurricane Center’s Acting Director Rhome said there is a potential for coastal flooding along the eastern coast of the Florida Peninsula from Wednesday, some of which will be affected by Hurricane Ian. The main threat to Florida is storm surges that can rise up to 5 feet along the coast with up to 7 inches of rain and strong winds. These conditions are mostly forecast on Wednesday evenings and Thursdays.
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