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Florida is under hurricane watch, and Nicole prompts a State of Emergency

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One month after Hurricane Ian devastated the state, a hurricane watch is still in place for Florida's east coast as Subtropical Storm Nicole approaches.

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Residents are advised to get ready for flooding, strong winds, and rain.

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Tuesday at 1 a.m. EST, the National Hurricane Center reported that Nicole was about 415 miles from the northwest Bahamas and had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

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Nicole is expected to move northwest through the night and into Tuesday morning before turning west-southwest and passing near or over the Bahamas on Wednesday.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a State of Emergency on Monday for 34 counties that could be affected by Subtropical Storm Nicole.

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From Georgia's Altamaha Sound to Hallandale Beach in Florida, a storm surge watch is in place.

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Additionally, there were tropical storm watches in effect for the area, and the NHC issued a warning that more watches are likely to be issued later on Tuesday.

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The NHC predicted that Nicole would gradually intensify over the next few days and reach hurricane strength by Wednesday or Wednesday night as it moved close to or over the northwest Bahamas.

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