Hurricane Nicole began approaching the Florida coast Wednesday night, and its impact is expected to be felt across numerous southern states in coming days, according to the National Hurricane Center.
As of 10 p.m. ET Wednesday, the storm was about 75 miles east-northeast of West Palm Beach, Florida with maximum speeds of 75 miles per hour. A hurricane warning is in effect from Boca Raton to Flagler County, while a hurricane watch is in place in Lake Okeechobee.
The east and west coasts of Florida, as well as the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina, are expected to have tropical storm conditions Thursday, causing storm surges and “large and damaging waves along the Atlantic coast,” the NHC said.
“Do not focus on the exact track of Nicole since it is a large storm with hazards extending well to the north of the center, outside of the forecast zone,” the NHC said.
The Associated Press reported that 45of Florida’s 67 counties were under a state of emergency declaration.
The Appalachian Mountains could also experience some flooding Friday, which could extend all the way up to New York and Pennsylvania.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic is typically a six-month period from June 1 to Nov. 30, and peaks between mid-August and late-October, according to the Florida Climate Center.