Tracking Nicole: Florida landfall Thursday, moving through Georgia Friday

As of Wednesday morning, Tropical Storm Nicole is a very strong tropical storm and is approaching hurricane status with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

Nicole continues to move west and is forecast to make landfall on the east coast of Florida overnight into early Thursday morning, potentially as a Category 1 hurricane.

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Nicole will continue to move west to the Gulf Coast of Florida before curving north into Georgia on Friday.

Nicole’s center of circulation is forecast to move east of Metro Atlanta, limiting the severe weather threat for Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. A severe weather threat does exist for east-southeast Georgia, including Savannah. This area can expect damaging wind gusts and short-track tornadoes.

Nicole will be swift as it moves through the state of Georgia, only producing about 1 to 3 inches of rainfall Thursday afternoon through Friday evening.

It will be breezy, though! Wind gusts as high as 30 to 35 mph are likely Thursday and Friday as the core of Nicole’s remnants move through. While widespread tree damage is not expected, the wind may knock down a few isolated tree branches in the Metro Atlanta area.

Nicole will accelerate out of Georgia on Friday courtesy of a cold front pushing the system out of the region. This cold front will bring a significant punch of cold air to Metro Atlanta over the weekend! Morning lows on Sunday will land near the freezing mark.

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