Tropical Storm Nicole to bring wind to the Coastal Empire & Lowcountry

Published: Nov. 8, 2022 at 5:00 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 8, 2022 at 5:25 PM EST
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - UPDATE: Nicole has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm. Our viewing area is now under either a Tropical Storm Warning or Tropical Storm Watch .

Tropical Storm Nicole will approach Florida late Wednesday before shifting northeast toward Georgia, Thursday and Friday are First Alert Weather Days:

We’ll once again start out in the low to mid 60s with highs in the mid 70s. Drier air will filter in throughout the day with wind gusts near 25 miles per hour possible, during the evening mainly along the coast. The onshore wind will also bring in a higher tide, projected to reach 9.2′ around 8AM at Fort Pulaski. We’ll really notice the lack of humidity, especially during the afternoon and evening!

Wednesday starts out cooler with lows near 50 degrees for Savannah and upper 40s for inland communities. It will be breezy, with wind from the north gusting near 30 MPH for inland areas. closer to 35 mph along the coast. Highs will be held to the upper 60s thanks to the drier air moving in from the north. Most of the rain will likely remain offshore and to our south, but will increase heading into Thursday.

Wednesday’s high tide at Fort Pulaski: 10.2′ I 8:17AM (Moderate Flood Stage)

Thursday and Friday look damp and breezy, Tropical Storm Nicole begins to move closer to Georgia. Coastal areas could receive 2-3 inches of rain (flash flooding possible), wind gusts over 40 mph are possible at the coast as well as higher than normal tides, rough surf, beach erosion and an increased risk for rip currents. Showers move onshore early Thursday and will progress inland throughout the day. The heaviest rain looks to move in midday through the afternoon. There is also a low risk for tornadoes during this time.

Thursday’s high tide at Fort Pulaski: 10.3 I 10.3′ 8:55AM (Moderate Flood Stage)

Power outages are also possible starting Wednesday, with a better chance Thursday and Friday as the wind picks up. Highs will be held in the low to mid 70s Thursday and mid to upper 70s Friday thanks to the wind and rain.

This system should exit the area early this weekend, with cooler air finally filtering back in. Temperatures could fall into the 40s Sunday morning with highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

Stay tuned for updates!