Hurricane Nicole made landfall in Florida early this morning and has since been downgraded to Tropical Storm Nicole.
The storm is now expected to slowly decrease in power (unless it spends substantial time in the gulf of Mexico) as it swings up through Florida into Georgia and the Carolinas.
The Charlotte region could start to feel strong winds from the storm tonight toward the tail end of the Panthers game in Uptown Charlotte.
Nicole is expected to bring a considerable amount of rain to our region with isolated chances of flash flooding.
NWS officials are reminding all residents in Atlantic Coast states to be prepared.
In case of a power outage, make sure to have the following emergency items stocked in your home;
- Car charger for cell phones and other devices
- Clean drinking water (recommended 1 gallon per person per day, minimum three days)
- Batteries: Extra batteries for all of your devices
- Weather radio/clock
- Non-perishable food
- First aid kit
We will continue to update this article as this storm develops.