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The Bahamas braces for sub-tropical storm Nicole

InternationalThe Bahamas braces for sub-tropical storm Nicole

Photo: Acting Bahamian Prime Minister Chester Cooper

Nicole is expected to strengthen into a hurricane in the coming days.

by Khaila Gentle

BELIZE CITY, Mon. Nov. 7, 2022

The formation of sub-tropical storm Nicole has continued the trend of a relatively active November for the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The storm, forecasted to strengthen into a hurricane later this week, is expected to impact the northern islands of the Bahamas as early as Wednesday.

Acting Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Hon. Chester Cooper, issued a statement on Monday urging residents to not take the storm lightly.

“The late-season storm is a reminder that we’re not out of the woods yet as the Atlantic Hurricane Season continues through November 30th,” he said.

According to meteorologist Brian Shields of Orlando Florida’s WFTV, the entirety of the Bahamas is at risk of flooding. On Monday, the tropical storm watch that had been in effect for a number of the country’s major islands, including Abaco, Bimini, Grand Bahama, and New Providence, was officially upgraded to a hurricane watch.

“Nicole poses an imminent threat to the islands under the warning. Everyone must prepare for the worst. For those who cannot secure themselves at home, please make preparations to move to the nearest storm shelter,” added Hon. Cooper.

The Acting Bahamian Prime Minister has warned against going out to sea, especially in the areas expected to be most affected by the storm.

Along with the Bahamas, Florida’s east coast, where Nicole is expected to make landfall, is also under a hurricane watch. Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, has issued a state of emergency for all counties that are in the potential path of the storm.

Nicole is the fourteenth named system of the 2022 Hurricane Season. Last year’s hurricane season produced a total of thirty named storms, while the previous year saw a total of twenty-one.

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