The National Weather Service is placing much of North and Central Georgia on notice that Tropical Storm Nicole is going to impact a wide area of the state as the late-season cyclone comes ashore after a brief trip over the Gulf of Mexico.
Nicole strengthened to Hurricane status as the eye moved toward the Atlantic coast of Florida this evening. It is expected to Make landfall overnight, traveling over South Florida before it moves up the the Gulf coast of Florida Thursday afternoon and evening.
As the storm begins to impact the local weather, a wind advisory starts at 1 a.m. and continues through Friday evening. Sustained winds up to 25 mph, and gusts up to 40 mph are expected.
There is potential for localized tropical storm force winds as Nicole’s remnants move through the state.
Rain is likely to begin in the evening Thursday and continue until Friday morning.
After the storm passes, the forecast calls for a major weekend cooldown. The 70-degree days will be followed on Saturday by partly Sunny skies and a high of 57 degrees, and an overnight low down to 78. Temperatures are predicted to be in the same range on Sunday.
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