FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Nicole to impact the area through Friday afternoon!
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Nicole made landfall early this morning near Vero Beach, Florida as a Category 1 hurricane. Nicole has weakened to a tropical storm and will continue to weaken as it moves north toward Georgia and across the Carolinas. Periods of showers and heavy rain are expected through the rest of today with breezy conditions both inland and along the coast. There will be an increased potential for isolated tornadoes this evening and overnight as a few bands of strong storms and heavy rain rotate in from the ocean. Otherwise, pockets of heavy rain and breezy conditions will persist though the night. Drier air will begin to move into the system as it moves north into South Carolina during the day on Friday. This will allow for many breaks in the rain and perhaps even some sunshine. Scattered rain will be possible through the afternoon before Nicole pulls away Friday evening.
RAIN: Heavy rain at times through Friday. Rainfall totals 1-4″ expected. Minor flooding is possible.
TORNADO: Isolated tornadoes possible from this evening through Friday morning.
SURGE: Worst tidal flooding has passed in the Charleston area. High tides will flirt with flood stage for the next 24 to 36 hours.
WIND: Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph will be common with gusts to 40 mph, perhaps slightly higher along the coast.
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