With Tropical Storm Nicole expected to make landfall Wednesday night on the East Coast as a hurricane and then move through Central Florida and North Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded a state of emergency to 11 additional counties.
DeSantis on Monday issued an executive order declaring an emergency in 34 counties.
The 11 added Wednesday were Alachua, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hernando, Jefferson, Levy, Marion, Pinellas, Taylor, and Wakulla counties.
The 34 in the initial order were Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River. Lake, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, and Volusia counties.
A hurricane warning was in effect Wednesday from Boca Raton to the border of Volusia and Flagler counties.
Also on the East Coast, a tropical storm warning was in effect from Hallandale Beach to Boca Raton and from the Volusia-Flagler border north to South Carolina.
On the Gulf Coast, a tropical storm warning was in effect from Bonita Beach in Southwest Florida to Indian Pass in the Panhandle and for Lake Okeechobee.