WCF SECTION SPECIAL BULLETIN #22-20 – 2100 EST – 11/10/22
TROPICAL STORM NICOLE – 2100 EST – 11/10/22
Hurricane Nicole made its first landfall just south of Vero Beach in Indian River County around 0300 EST this morning, crossing the State of Florida, through the north end of Polk County and Pasco County, exited the west coast in northern Hernando County around 1300 EST, and made a second landfall in Dixie County near 1600 EST this afternoon. Nicole is expected to continue its northwest track and cross into Georgia late this evening. Nicole time as a tropical system is expected to come to an end tomorrow as it merges with a trough by the end of the day on Friday.
COASTAL WATCHES/WARNINGS AND FORECAST CONE FOR STORM CENTER
SUMMARY OF 0700 PM EST…0000 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 40 MI…65 KM SE OF TALLAHASSEE FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 315 DEGREES AT 15 MPH…24 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…990 MB…29.24 INCHES
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* The Flagler/Volusia county line Florida to Altamaha Sound Georgia
* Aripeka to Indian Pass Florida
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…
* Flagler/Volusia County Line Florida to Altamaha Sound Georgia
* Mouth of the St. Johns River to Georgetown Florida
* Anclote River Florida to Ochlockonee River Florida
The following excerpt is from the Forecast Discussion issued at 1600 EST today:
“The center of Nicole briefly emerged over water north of Tampa around 18Z and is now straddling the coast of the Florida Big Bend region northwest of Cedar Key. An earlier scatterometer overpass showed winds of about 40 kt west of the center over the Gulf of Mexico, and this is the main basis for the initial intensity of 40 kt. Surface observations indicate that the central pressure has risen to near 990 mb. In addition to weakening, the 34-kt wind radii associated with the storm have decreased, particularly in the northeastern quadrant. This has resulted in significant changes to the warnings with this advisory.
The initial motion is now 315/13, and this motion is expected to persist through this evening with the center moving into the eastern Florida Panhandle. Subsequently, a low- to mid-level ridge to the northeast of Nicole should move farther eastward as a deep-layer mid-latitude trough and associated surface cold front are approaching from the west. This evolution should cause the storm to turn northward tonight over Georgia, followed by a faster motion toward the north-northeast on Friday. The new forecast track has only minor adjustments from the previous track.
Little change in strength is expected until the center moves farther inland tonight. When that happens, Nicole should weaken to a depression over Georgia. On Friday and Friday night, the system is expected to become post-tropical and be absorbed by the large mid-latitude weather system.”
SITUATION AND ACTIONS:
All tropical storm watches and warnings for the ARRL West Central Florida Section were discontinued earlier this afternoon. With the discontinuation of tropical storm watches and warning, all ARES groups have just demobilized in the last few hours.
Due to the demobilization of ARES groups of three counties, the ARRL West Central Florida Section ARES Alert Level will be discontinued.
All ARES, ACS, and CERT personnel are encouraged to continue to check each advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center in Miami on Tropical Storm Nicole and the Tropical Weather Outlook issued four times daily by the National Hurricane Center.
LATEST NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER INFORMATION:
Public Advisories: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT2+shtml/072333.shtml?
Forecast Advisory: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCMAT2+shtml/072100.shtml?
Forecast Discussion: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCDAT2+shtml/072057.shtml?
Latest GOES Satellite Floater Images and Loop: https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/GOES/floater.php?stormid=AL172022#navLink
This will be the last WCF SECTION SPECIAL BULLETIN for Tropical Storm Nicole.