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Tropical Storm Nicole strengthened over the Bahamas on Wednesday evening into Hurricane Nicole, becoming the eighth hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic season — and a rare late-season hurricane — just hours before a projected landfall along Florida’s Atlantic coast, where The weather has already started deteriorating. ,

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Nicole’s maximum sustained winds were 75 mph at 7 p.m., making it a Category 1 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said, and it is expected to maintain that intensity as it moves through the middle of Thursday morning. Makes landfall in Florida.

Outer rain bands and gusty winds began affecting nearly the entire East Florida coastline on Wednesday, and forecasters are warning of hurricane conditions — including “Dangerous Storms” of up to five feet from North Palm Beach to Altamaha Sound, Georgia. “Includes – may soon affect this area. ,

Due to the large size of the storm, a Hurricane Warning is in effect for a large portion of the coast, from Boca Raton in south Florida to the Flagler/Volusia county line in northern Florida.

Hurricane-force winds are contained in a small area extending just 10 miles from the center, but tropical storm-force winds reach outward up to 485 miles north of Nicole.

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"Don't focus on Nicole's exact track because this is a major storm with hazards spreading well north of the center, outside the forecast cone," says the National Hurricane Center Told, "These threats will affect the Florida Peninsula and parts of the Southeast United States."

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Nicole should weaken quickly after making landfall, but it may re-emerge briefly in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday afternoon before making another landfall as a tropical storm along the eastern Florida panhandle. The remnants of the storm could pose a flood risk in Appalachia on Friday.

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Hurricanes occur very late in hurricane season, which will end on November 30. Florida took the season's biggest hit in late September, when Hurricane Ian made landfall in the southwestern part of the state as a high-grade hurricane. Ian caused extensive damage to the area and was blamed for at least 130 deaths. State,

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