Tropical Storm Nicole weakens as it approaches Tampa Bay area

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The Weather Authority is currently tracking Tropical Storm Nicole.

Nicole made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 3 a.m. on Hutchinson Island (just south of Vero Beach).

By the 10 a.m. advisory, its maximum wind speed had dropped significantly to 50 mph.

While primary impacts are being felt on the east coast of Florida, gusty winds and rainy conditions are expected for Southwest Florida. Potential rainfall totals range between one and three inches by the end of Friday. Some locations may see higher totals.

Rain and windy conditions will generally last through Friday. The strongest impacts for Southwest Florida will be felt on Thursday morning. This is NOT going to become a major hurricane, like Ian.

Hurricane Warnings are in effect for many counties along the east coast of our state. Tropical Storm Warnings are now active for all of the WINK viewing area, apart from Collier County.

The next name on our 2022 Atlantic Storm Naming List is Owen. Currently, we only have one other area of disturbed weather in the Atlantic, and it is no threat to the United States.

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