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CEMA is continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Nicole and any impacts she may bring to our area.

Situation and Impacts: Chatham County remains under a Tornado Watch until 7pm this evening. The Tropical Storm Warning and a Storm Surge Watch for Chatham County have been cancelled. The risk of isolated tornadoes is the main threat associated with Tropical Storm Nicole in our community.

Timing: Largest impacts currently forecasted for Thursday evening into early Friday AM.

OPCON: 3 – CEMA remains in Operating Condition 3, which is the Readiness Phase.

Actions you need to take: Make sure that you have a way to receive emergency alerts and know your safe space in case there is a tornado warning.

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Chatham County is under a Tornado Watch until 7pm on Thursday, November 10th. 

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CEMA is continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Nicole and any impacts she may bring to our area. CEMA remains in Operating Condition 3, which is our Readiness Phase.

Situation: Tropical Storm Nicole has slightly increased speed and is moving WNW at 14 mph with sustained winds of 60 mph. Chatham County is no longer in the Cone of Uncertainty, but that does not mean that we will not see impacts locally. The wind field for Nicole is over 400 miles wide and rain bands are incorporated into the wind fields.

Timing: Largest impacts currently forecasted for Thursday and Friday.

Impacts:  Chatham County remains under a Tropical Storm Warning and a Storm Surge Watch. High winds are possible through Friday, with the potential for near Tropical Storm force gusts. The risk of isolated tornadoes is strongest through this evening. Approximately 2-3 inches of rain is possible, with higher amounts along the coast. The threat for coastal flooding remains with the high tide cycles.

OPCON: 3 – CEMA remains in Operating Condition 3, which is the Readiness Phase.

Actions you need to take: With the increased chances of gusty winds and isolated tornadoes, certain locations could experience an increased chance of power outages throughout Chatham County.

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CEMA is continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Nicole and any impacts she may bring to our area. CEMA remains in Operating Condition 3, which is our Readiness Phase.

Situation: Tropical Storm Nicole has maintained speed and is moving W at 13 mph with sustained winds of 70 mph. Gradual strengthening is forecasted and will potentially become a hurricane later tonight or early Thursday morning before impacting Florida’s coast.

Timing: Largest impacts currently forecasted for Thursday and Friday.

Impacts:  Chatham County is under a Tropical Storm Warning and a Storm Surge Watch. Gusty winds are possible through Friday. There is a risk of isolated tornadoes with this storm as the track has shifted westward. Approximately 2-3 inches of rain is possible, with higher amounts along the coast. The potential for coastal flooding remains with the high tide cycles- some roads may become impassable because of the increased chances for flooding.

OPCON: 3 – CEMA remains in Operating Condition 3, which is the Readiness Phase.

Actions you need to take: With the increased chances of gusty winds and isolated tornadoes, certain locations could experience an increased chance of power outages. We recommend that residents secure outdoor items that could easily be blown around and take a few minutes to gather supplies and prepare for these potential outages.

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CEMA is continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Nicole and any impacts she may bring to our area. CEMA has advanced to Operating Condition 3, which is our Readiness Phase.

Situation: Tropical Storm Nicole has picked up speed and now has sustained winds of 70mph, moving WSW at 13 mph. Gradual strengthening is forecast, potentially becoming a hurricane later today or early Thursday morning before impacting Florida’s coast.

Timing: Mid to late week. Largest impacts currently forecast Thursday and Friday.

Impacts:  Chatham County is under a Tropical Storm Warning and a Storm Surge Watch. Gusty winds are possible through Friday. There is a risk of isolated tornadoes with this storm as the track has shifted westward. Approximately 2-3 inches of rain is possible, with higher amounts along the coast. The potential for coastal flooding remains with the high tide cycles- some roads may become impassable because of the increased changes for flooding.

OPCON: 3 – CEMA has advanced to Operating Condition 3, which is the Readiness Phase.

Actions you need to take: With the increased chances of isolated tornadoes, we recommend that residents secure outdoor items that could easily be blown around in the wind. Scattered locations could experience enhanced damage due to tornadoes with an increased chance of power outages. Take a few minutes to gather your supplies and prepare for these potential outages.

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CEMA is continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Nicole and any impacts she may bring to our area.

Situation: Tropical Storm Nicole has picked up speed and now has sustained winds of 65mph, moving W at 10 mph. Gradual strengthening is forecast over the next few days, potentially becoming a hurricane early Thursday morning before impacting Florida’s coast.

Timing: Mid to late week. Largest impacts currently forecast Thursday and Friday.

Impacts:  Chatham County is under a Tropical Storm Watch and a Storm Surge Watch. Tropical Storm force gusts and winds are possible through Friday. There is a risk of isolated tornadoes with this storm. Approximately 2-4 inches of rain is possible, with higher amounts along the coast. The greatest threat from Nicole remains the potential for coastal flooding beginning Wednesday morning with high tide cycle. Some roads may become impassable because of the increased changes for flooding.

OPCON: 4 – CEMA remains in Operating Condition 4, which is the Enhanced Monitoring Phase.

Actions you need to take: With the increased chances of Tropical Storm force winds and isolated tornadoes, we recommend that residents secure outdoor items that could easily be blown around in the wind. Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes is possible from higher winds. Unsecured lightweight objects could be blown about. In addition, there is a higher risk of power outages associated with downed trees. Take a few minutes to gather your supplies and prepare for any potential power outages.

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CEMA is continuing to monitor Subtropical Storm Nicole. As always, the most important factor with any weather event is the potential impacts to our area. Below is an outline of Nicole and any impacts that she may bring to our community.

Situation: Subtropical Storm Nicole has sustained winds of 50mph, moving WNW at 8mph. Gradual strengthening is forecast over the next few days, potentially becoming a hurricane early Thursday morning before impacting Florida’s coast. The storm is then forecast to move north near the Florida panhandle, before heading north-northeast Thursday into Friday. Nicole has a large wind field associated with her, so Chatham does not need to be on the exact forecast track to experience impacts.

Timing: Mid to late week. Largest impacts currently forecast Thursday and Friday.

Impacts:  Gusty winds and Tropical Storm force gusts are possible through Friday. 2-4 inches of rain is possible within Chatham County from this storm, with higher amounts along the coast on Thursday and Friday. The greatest threat from Nicole is the potential for coastal flooding beginning Wednesday morning with high tide cycle.

OPCON: 4 – CEMA has advanced to Operating Condition 4, which is the enhanced monitoring phase.

Actions you need to take: Ensure you are monitoring your phone/email for updates on the storm.

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CEMA has been monitoring the development of a sub-tropical system, which is now known as Subtropical Storm Nicole. The difference between subtropical and tropical storms are technical. The most important factor with any weather event is the potential impacts to our area.

Situation: Subtropical Storm Nicole has sustained winds of 45mph, moving NW at 9mph. Sustained winds are approximately 700 miles SSE of Chatham County. Gradual strengthening is forecast over the next few days, potentially becoming a hurricane on Wednesday evening before making landfall in Florida early Thursday morning. The storm is then forecast to move north near the Florida panhandle, before heading north-northeast Friday into Saturday. Nicole does have a large wind field associated with it, so Chatham does not need to be on the exact forecast track to experience impacts.

Timing: Mid to late week. Largest impacts currently forecast Thursday and Friday.

Impacts:  Chatham County will likely begin receiving gusty winds on Tuesday. 2-4 inches of rain is possible within Chatham County from this storm, with higher amounts along the coast. The greatest threat from Nicole is the potential for coastal flooding beginning Wednesday morning.

OPCON: 4 – CEMA has advanced to Operating Condition 4, which is the enhanced monitoring phase.

Actions you need to take: Ensure you are monitoring your phone/email for updates on the storm.

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