Note: Storms are always changing, and between the publication of this piece and the time you’re reading it, the storm’s status may have changed. Check here for live updates.
This isn’t our first go-around this hurricane season, but you can never be too prepared. Here’s what we know so far and how you can stay informed and prepared.
As of 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, Hurricane Nicole had sustained wind speeds of 75 miles per hour — making it a Category 1 hurricane. At this time, the storm was roughly 75 miles east of West Palm Beach and expected to make landfall on Florida’s east coast on Wednesday night.
From there, it will continue through the state (possibly making a second landfall in Florida’s Big Bend) and travel into Georgia and the Carolinas.
Rainfall | Polk County is expected to see between 3-6 inches of rain. Thankfully, flooding is not expected to be a major issue at this time.
Gas | Wondering which gas stations are still open? Use this map from GasBuddy to find an open gas station near you.
Stay informed | Storms are always changing. Follow Hurricane Nicole’s path here, sign up for digital alerts here, and consider buying a crank radio to stay up to date if you lose service. Keep radios tuned to WUSF 89.7 or the National Weather Radio KHB32 at 162.550.
Pets | This article wraps up a few tips to keep your furry friends safe whether you’re hunkering down in a non-evacuation zone or heading to a shelter.
Hurricane kits | Restock your hurricane kit with supplies from this list.