Nicole made landfall Thursday morning at around 3 AM in Varo Beach, Florida as a category 1 hurricane. The storm made landfall with max windspeeds of 75 MPH.

Nicole has weakened to a tropical storm this morning with 50 MPH winds. It is expected to remain at tropical storm strength through the rest of the day.

Nicole is forecast to make landfall along the panhandle of Florida later tonight. Then, track inland over Southeast Alabama and Southwest Georgia. Then, the track will bring it to Central Georgia, with rain and wind reaching into North Alabama tonight.

Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect across Southern Georgia and parts of Florida.

Impacts In The Tennessee Valley

While the center of this tropical system will track well to the east of our area, we still look to get impacts. Areas in Alabama along and east of I-65 will have the best chance of seeing rain from late Thursday night through Friday afternoon. Light showers will still be possible for the Shoals. The heaviest rain looks to occur across eastern Jackson and DeKalb Counties. Rainfall totals of up to one inch may fall there. A cold front dropping into the region will help shift the system toward the northeast. Wind gusts up to 25 mph will be possible during this timeframe.

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