Hurricane watch issued for Florida’s east coast as Subtropical Storm Nicole projected to strengthen

Subtropical Storm Nicole has prompted hurricane, tropical storm and storm surge watches as a a prolonged period of coastal flooding, beach erosion, strong winds, high surf, rip currents, and heavy rain is expected in Florida and parts of the Southeast this week.

Nicole became the 14th storm of the Atlantic season early Monday morning and is centered several hundred miles east of the Bahamas.

A hurricane watch has been issued in eastern Florida from the Space Coast south to Hallandale Beach in Broward County, including the northwestern Bahamas, including Nassau and Freeport.

The storm has been classified as subtropical for now, which means it’s a hybrid type system that has characteristics of both a tropical and non-tropical storm. Nicole is forecast to transition into a fully tropical storm in the next day or so.