Nicole To Make Landfall Near Palm Beach As Hurricane

The Palm Beach Post reports:

Palm Beach County has ordered evacuations of zones A and B ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole. Nicole is forecast to reach the coast of Florida Wednesday night as a Category 1 hurricane with a landfall between Boca Raton and Sebastian.

Palm Beach County is already feeling wind gusts to 39 mph at Palm Beach International Airport ahead of Nicole. The storm has a massive spread of tropical storm-force winds to 460 miles from its center.

Palm Beach County began mandatory evacuations of zones A and B, which includes mobile homes, low-lying areas and barrier islands at 7 a.m.

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

“Some strengthening is expected today, and Nicole is forecast to become a hurricane near the northwestern Bahamas and remain a hurricane when it reaches the east coast of Florida tonight,” forecasters said.

The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a hurricane warning for the rest of Brevard County while placing Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter and inland Volusia under a tropical storm warning.

Power outages are beginning to pop up on the coast. By 10 a.m., more than 10,000 customers across the state were without power, mostly in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Brevard counties. according to