Tropical Storm Nicole’s maximum sustained winds decreased to 60 miles per hour with higher gusts as the storm’s center moved over central Florida, near Orlando, on Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
“Additional weakening is forecast while Nicole moves over land during the next day or two, and the storm is likely to become a tropical depression over Georgia tonight or early Friday,” the National Weather Service said in a public advisory. “Nicole is expected to merge with a frontal boundary over the Mid-Atlantic United States by Friday night.”
A tropical storm warning has been discontinued for the Florida east coast south of Jupiter.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Jupiter, Florida, to South Carolina’s South Santee River; for north of Bonita Beach to Indian Pass, Florida; and for Florida’s Lake Okeechobee. A storm surge warning is in effect for Florida’s Jupiter Inlet to Georgia’s Altamaha Sound; for the mouth of the St. Johns River to Georgetown, Florida; and for the Anclote River to the Ochlockonee River in Florida. A storm surge watch is in effect for the Ochlockonee River to Indian Pass, Florida; and for Georgia’s Altamaha Sound to South Carolina’s South Santee River, according to the National Weather Service.