A hurricane watch was issued Monday for a large stretch of the East Coast of Florida, as Subtropical Storm Nicole posed a late-season threat to the state.
The National Hurricane Center said the hurricane watch was in effect from Hallandale Beach to the border of Brevard and Volusia counties.
It also was in effect for Lake Okeechobee.
A tropical storm watch was in effect from Hallandale Beach to around Ocean Reef in the Florida Keys and from the border of Brevard and Volusia counties north into Georgia.
Also, a storm surge watch had been issued for most of Florida’s East Coast.
“On the forecast track, the center of Nicole will approach the northwestern Bahamas on Tuesday, move near or over those islands on Wednesday and approach the East Coast of Florida by Wednesday night,” an advisory from the hurricane center said.
The advisory said maximum sustained winds were about 45 mph. “Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Nicole is forecast to be at hurricane intensity by Wednesday or Wednesday night while it is moving near or over the northwestern Bahamas,” the advisory said.
The threat comes after Hurricane Ian caused massive damage when it made landfall on Sept. 28 in Southwest Florida and crossed the state. The six-month hurricane season will end on Nov. 30.