Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tropical Storm Nicole forms, but it's expected to miss Florida

Tropical Storm Nicole formed Wednesday morning near Cuba but posed no threat to Florida, the National Hurricane Center said.

All watches and warnings for the state were lifted, and the storm is expected to track to the east of Florida, Hurricane Center forecasters said.

Nicole was moving northeast near 9 mph with sustained winds of 40 mph. Tropical storm-force winds extend 345 miles from the center.

The tropical system is expected to bring scattered showers and thunderstorms to the Tampa Bay area Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s. The rain chance is 40 percent, Bay News 9 reported.

The rain won't last long as drier air moves in, Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez said.

"As … Nicole moves away from the state, the drier air is going to come in, and the rain chances are going to drop," she said.

There was standing water in southern Florida but no initial reports of widespread flooding, according to the Miami Herald. Schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties planned to open.

Forecasters were expecting 4 to 8 inches overall, steady for much of the day but coming down in torrents of 2 inches an hour when the system's strongest cells roll through, the Herald reported.

Official rainfall totals in Miami, Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale were less than an inch early Wednesday, but much of the storm's heaviest rain was yet to come.

Follow This Just In on Twitter.

Weather Underground Inc. | Updates on this storm

Tropical Storm Nicole forms, but it's expected to miss Florida 09/29/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 11:34am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament in Nassau, Bahamas. Woods has been arrested on a drunken driving charge in Palm Beach County , various media outlets are reporting. [AP photo]
  2. Tiger Woods arrested on DUI charge in Florida

    Public Safety

    Tiger Woods was arrested on a DUI charge Monday in Jupiter, according to the Palm Beach County sheriff's office.

    Tiger Woods has been arrested on a DUI charge in Florida.
  3. Young male hospitalized after shooting in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — A juvenile male was injured Monday morning in a shooting in the 2300 block of 17th Ave S, police said.

    A juvenile was injured in a shooting Monday morning in the 2300 block of 17th Ave S in St. Petersburg. (Zachary Sampson, Tampa Bay Times)
  4. Big rents and changing tastes drive dives off St. Pete's 600 block

    Music & Concerts

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kendra Marolf was behind the lobby bar of the State Theatre, pouring vodka sodas for a weeknight crowd packed tight for Bishop Briggs, the latest alternative artist to sell out her club.

    Sam Picciano, 25, left, of Tampa and Molly Cord 24, Palm Harbor shop for record albums for a friend at Daddy Kool Records located on the 600 block of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday, May 20, 2017. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
  5. How Hollywood is giving its biggest stars digital facelifts


    LOS ANGELES — Johnny Depp is 53 years old but he doesn't look a day over 26 in the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie — at least for a few moments. There was no plastic surgeon involved, heavy makeup or archival footage used to take the actor back to his boyish "Cry Baby" face, however. It's all …

    This combination of photos released by Disney, shows the character Jack Sparrow at two stages of his life in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales."  Johnny Depp, who portrays the character, is the latest mega-star to get the drastic de-aging treatment on screen
[Disney via Associated Press]