Tornado watch extended until 7 a.m.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) – The National Weather Service says Nicole has weakened to a tropical depression, but there is still a slight tornado risk for the Lowcountry.

A tornado watch will last until 7 a.m. Friday and includes Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Orangeburg and Williamsburg Counties.

Heavy rainfall band continues to move onshore from the ocean with some gusty winds and lightning. This will continue overnight with isolated tornadoes also possible.

A tornado warning was issued at 12:20 am, but expired at 12:41 am

Earlier in the day, a tornado warning for Colleton and Dorchester Counties expired.

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located at 5:17 pm near Knightsville, moving northwest at 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The warning expires at 5:45 p.m

A tropical storm warning expired for Charleston, Berkeley and coastal Colleton Counties Thursday afternoon. However, coastal waters from Jasper County to the Charleston-Georgetown line are still under a tropical storm warning.

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Live 5 Meteorologist Joey Sovine says gusts to tropical storm force are possible Wednesday through Friday.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected anywhere within the warning area.

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A tornado watch means favorable conditions for tornadoes to form, but does not indicate that any tornadoes have actually been detected.

Tropical storm Nicole has sent several houses collapsing into the Atlantic Ocean. Nicole made landfall as a hurricane early Thursday near Vero Beach, Florida, but the brunt of the damage was along the East Coast as well as north of it, in the Daytona Beach area. The destructive coastal surge hit beachfront properties in Daytona Beach Shores that lost their last protection during Hurricane Ian.

The Live 5 Weather Team declared Thursday and Friday as First Alert Weather Days due to the possible impact of the storm.

Sovine said coastal flooding is likely through Friday around high tide with beach erosion and high surf also likely.

Sovine said heavy rain is possible with rainfall totals between one and four inches. Breezy conditions may persist through Friday with occasional winds gusting to, or more than, 40 mph near the coast.

Nicole became the 14th hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season on Monday.

Nicole is predicted to continue to weaken as the center tracks into Georgia and through...
Nicole is forecast to continue to weaken as the center tracks into Georgia and through the Carolinas Friday.(Life 5)

At 7 pm, Nicole remains a tropical storm with its center located near latitude 30 north and longitude 83.8 west, about 40 miles southeast of Tallahassee. This storm is moving to the northwest at 15 mph and its minimum central pressure is expected to be 990 mb or 29.24 inches.

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Forecasters say a turn towards the northwest and northwest is expected later Thursday and Thursday night, followed by an acceleration towards the north and northeast on Friday.

In the forecast track, the center of Nicole will move across central Florida this morning, possibly emerge over the far northeastern Gulf of Mexico Monday afternoon, then move across the Florida panhandle and Georgia Thursday night and into Friday.

Nicole is still a large tropical storm but the maximum sustained winds have dropped to near 45 mph with high gusts.

Charleston city officials say they will be keeping an eye on the tropical storm. Crews have begun preparing for potential storm impacts.

“Residents are asked to monitor reliable local weather reports over the next few days,” Emergency Management Director Ben Almquist said in a news release. “In the event of adverse conditions, residents are advised to follow the guidance of Emergency Management officials and, as always, motorists should avoid driving through high water when they encounter it.”

The city’s storm water department has prepared temporary pumps for low-lying areas. Crews will also clear ditches and drains in flood-prone areas.

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Atlantic Hurricane Season runs through November 30.

Sprawling Tropical Storm Nicole drenching Florida, Georgia

Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach as a Category 1 hurricane at about 3 a.m. Thursday, more than a hundred miles south of Daytona Beach Shores, before its maximum sustained winds dropped to 60 mph, the Miami-based center said. The storm was centered about 30 miles southeast of Orlando. It is moving to the west-northwest near 14 mph.

Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami asked people to understand that the danger from Tropical Storm Nicole “will be across the state of Florida today.”

Nicole may briefly appear in the northeast corner of the Gulf of Mexico Thursday afternoon before moving toward the Florida Panhandle and Georgia, he said.

The storm left south Florida sunny and calm as it moved north, but could dump as much as 6 inches of rain over the Blue Ridge Mountains by Friday, the hurricane center said.

Nicole became a hurricane Wednesday evening when it hit Grand Bahama Island. It was the first to hit the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm that devastated the archipelago in 2019.

For hurricane-weary Floridians, it was only the third November hurricane to hit their shores since recordkeeping began in 1853. The previous ones were the 1935 Yankee Hurricane and Hurricane Kate in 1985.


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