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Heavy rainfall, high winds, flooding and an isolated tornado possible in ENC from Tropical Storm Nicole

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(Graphic: National Weather Service Morehead City)
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Eastern North Carolina and other parts of the southeastern U.S. could see 2 to 4 inches of rain, flash and urban flooding, high winds and a few isolated tornadoes from Tropical Storm Nicole.

Nicole made landfall in Florida as a category 1 hurricane but quickly weakened.

The National Hurricane Center said it was the first hurricane to make landfall in the US this late in the season in 40 years.

Nicole has weakened to a tropical storm with 70 mph winds.

The storm is forecast to lose more steam as it moves across Florida into Georgia on Thursday, then across the Carolinas Friday. NHC forecasters say it will likely be a post-tropical cyclone by Friday afternoon.

Still, officials say eastern North Carolina and other parts of the southeastern U.S. could see 2 to 4 inches of rain, flash and urban flooding, high winds and a few isolated tornadoes.

Swells generated by the storm — which can cause life-threatening surf and rip conditions — will likely affect the ENC coast over the next few days.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.