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Subtropical Storm Nicole 14th named storm of season, expected to impact East Coast from Florida to Virginia

Nicole was deemed the 14th named storm of the Atlantic season early Monday morning.
(Graphic: National Hurricane Center)
Nicole was deemed the 14th named storm of the Atlantic season early Monday morning.

Subtropical Storm Nicole has formed well east of the Bahamas and is expected to track westward with a potential landfall along Florida’s east coast Wednesday night.

Nicole was deemed the 14th named storm of the Atlantic season early Monday morning.

A subtropical storm is a hybrid system that has characteristics of both a tropical and non-tropical storm. Nicole is forecast to transition into a fully tropical storm in the next couple of days and may reach category 1 hurricane status as it approaches Florida.

After impacting Florida, the storm is likely to turn northward with the weakening storm tracking up the I-95 corridor Friday into Saturday morning.

Regardless of its exact path, National Hurricane Center forecasters say widespread impacts along the East Coast from Florida to Georgia, the Carolinas and the Virginia Tidewater include coastal flooding, winds over 39 miles per hour, heavy rainfall, rough surf and rip currents, and beach erosion.

According to NOAA, between 1851 and 2018, 47 hurricanes have formed in November and only five made landfall in the United States.

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