Subtropical Storm Nicole, the 14th storm in the Atlantic hurricane season, is slowly making its way to the Bahamas right now, with Florida landfall expected sometime late Wednesday evening.

Nicole could likely become a Category 1 hurricane as it approaches the Bahamas, though impacts are expected to be felt in Florida as soon as Tuesday, with some coastal flooding in the Southeast as well as tropical storm-force winds.

The heaviest rain is expected to hit Florida this Wednesday, especially in areas that are still flooded from Hurricane Ian along the St. Johns River.

Orange County is under a Local State of Emergency, along with 34 other counties, for the storm. Residents are encouraged to prepare for the storm now, with sandbag locations open on Tuesday from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Downey Park – 10107 Flowers Avenue, Orlando
  • Fort Christmas Historical Park – 1300 Fort Christmas Road, Christmas
  • Clarcona Horse Park/Clarcona Outpost – 3535 Damen Road, Apopka
  • Multicultural Center – 7149 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando

Residents are also being asked to move any Hurricane Ian debris that is still at the curb away fro the street to help prevent any nearby storm drains from being clogged.

Click HERE for the latest information from the National Hurricane Center.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of

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