Previously referred to as Subtropical Storm Nicole, the Atlantic latecomer determined she’s extra “domme” than “sub” and strengthened right into a tropical storm on Tuesday.
As she closes in on Florida’s east coast, meteorologists anticipate Nicole will develop into a Class 1 hurricane by the point the storm makes landfall someplace round Palm Seaside, Martin, and St. Lucie counties. If that does transpire, it’s going to cement a singular standing for Nicole’s entry up to now century’s storm catalog.
“If it manages to accentuate only a tiny bit right into a Class 1 when it hits Florida, that could be a very uncommon factor. We have solely had one different hurricane to hit anyplace in South or Central Florida in November,” notes Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher with the College of Miami.
The final late bloomer to reach this late within the season was the Yankee Hurricane of 1935 (they did not have folks names again then). Because the Class 2 storm hit what’s now Bal Harbour on November 4, 1935, no hurricane has made landfall in South or Central Florida post-Halloween.
Nicole is already placing in an effort to make Miami historical past in small methods, even earlier than she makes landfall.
Winds from Tropical Storm Nicole mingled with a Tuesday-night full moon and rising seas for a record-breaking excessive tide in Miami on Wednesday morning.
Excessive tide round 9 a.m. Wednesday reached about 2.9 ft above common sea degree, in accordance with McNoldy and US Harbors. That’s the highest tide the Magic Metropolis has seen since nearly precisely two years in the past, when Tropical Storm Eta churned up the Atlantic in November of 2020.
McNoldy says Miamians ought to take note of the tides and storm-surge warnings within the subsequent few days as a result of, to place it indelicately, Nicole is a giant woman.
“As a tropical storm proper now, it’s on the very, very massive measurement. A storm with a big wind area is basically good at creating a bigger storm surge,” McNoldy explains.
Present projections have Nicole’s winds engulfing nearly the whole thing of Florida, and as McNoldy warns, which means the danger of excessive tides and flooding will probably be a lot greater and final for much longer than a storm of comparable power however extra diminutive dimensions.
Whereas Miamians are lucky in avoiding the worst of Nicole — maybe thanks in no small half to brujeria — South Floridians ought to nonetheless be cautious of the shoreline for the subsequent few days and take a look at to not drive by means of massive our bodies of standing water. Or surf by means of them, for that matter, until they will snag some cool video of it.