Storm Nicole, expected to become a hurricane, is threatening Bahamas and Florida

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Subtropical Storm Nicole has formed in the Atlantic Ocean. Early Monday, Nicole was 555 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas. The center of Nicole will approach the northwestern Bahamas on Tuesday and Tuesday night, move near or over those islands on Wednesday, and approach the east coast of Florida Wednesday night. Models suggest tropical moisture arriving as early as Wednesday afternoon. Nicole is forecast to be at or near hurricane intensity by Wednesday or Wednesday night. impacts with rainfall and flooding could be a big concern. Hurricane, storm surge and tropical storm watches have been issued in Florida.

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Tropical storm watches extend south to Miami-Dade County and extend north of the Space Coast into Glynn County, Georgia, including Daytona Beach and St. Simons Island. Nicole will be a large system. Major beach erosion and some damage to infrastructure are expected along Florida’s East Coast and parts of the Georgia coast. Some moderate to major coastal flooding is also possible as far north as the Carolinas, including Charleston, South Carolina, and Tybee Island. SpaceX has pushed back the flight of its next Falcon 9 rocket from Tuesday to Saturday due to the storm. NASA said Monday that managers have decided to keep the 322-foot-tall (98-meter) Artemis 1 moon rocket on Launch Complex 39B.

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