September 29, 2010

Tropical Storm Nicole Brushes By South Florida

Tropical Storm Nicole has formed over Cuba, but all storm warnings and watches for South Florida and the Keys have been canceled.

Nicole developed Wednesday after soaking Cuba with downpours as a tropical depression.

Forecasters say the storm's center was about 260 miles southwest of Nassau, Bahamas, late Wednesday morning and moving northeast at 9 mph.

The storm was expected to move over the Florida Straits before heading east toward the Bahamas.

Flooding remained a concern across South Florida and the Keys, where forecasters say four to eight inches of rain were possible.

It was moving north-northeast at 10 mph and was expected to speed up in the next 24 hours and aim more to the northeast, taking it farther from the Florida coast.

Tropical storm force winds extend 345 miles, but they are southeast, away from Florida.

Top sustained winds were near 40 mph and little strengthening was expected before Nicole met its end some time tonight or Thursday, replaced by a refreshing batch of drier air and sunny skies.

Rainfall totals, which were dramatic overnight and this morning, appeared to be tapering off by the afternoon, but forecasters warned they could continue into the late afternoon and evening, which means motorists who had to drive through it this morning could get to see it again.

An urban flood advisory for Palm Beach County and south that was set to expire at 12:45 p.m. was extended by two hours.

And a flood watch for Interstate 95 east for an area from the Keys to the Treasure Coast was set to expire at 2 p.m. but was extended to 8 p.m.

Click on the link below for more from The Palm Beach Post
Tropical Storm Nicole fizzling; more heavy rains still possible

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