The storm, now a tropical depression, merged with another weather system as it moved northward on Friday, throwing several inches of rain on parts of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic states, the forecast says, a day after Hurricane Nicole lashed Florida with torrential rain and high winds. Said the member.
Much of the country from northern Georgia to Maine faces a marginal risk of flash flooding, according to an excessive rainfall outlook released Friday by the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center. Areas farther inland — from western North Carolina to western Ohio and Pennsylvania, and north into upstate New York — were at a slight risk of flash flooding.
Stream flooding is possible in the southern and central Appalachians, particularly in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Weather Service said.
Parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio could see 2 to 4 inches of rain, while remote areas along the Blue Ridge could see up to 8 inches of rain. Areas from the mid-Atlantic to New England could see one to three inches of rain, forecasters said.
While Florida is bearing the brunt of Nicole’s impact, areas further north are bracing for heavy rain. Parts of the Southeast and Appalachians, as well as parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio, are expected to hit 4 inches by Saturday. Areas along the Blue Ridge can get up to 8 inches.
The storm is expected to weaken to a tropical cyclone late Friday before dissipating as another weather system merges in from the west. Nicole’s effects will continue to be felt in the eastern United States by Saturday morning, forecasters said.
Nicole made landfall Thursday in Florida, a rare November hurricane that caused severe flooding and devastating coastal erosion along the state’s Atlantic coast.
The storm swept across the state, killing at least four people and leaving hundreds of thousands of customers without power.
In Volusia County, at least two dozen hotels and condominiums were deemed unsafe, prompting the evacuation of about 500 mostly elderly residents.