Florida will most likely have yet another 2022 hurricane on its hands when Tropical Storm Nicole makes its U.S. landfall Wednesday night or early Thursday morning on Florida’s east coast. As of this writing on Wednesday afternoon ET, Nicole was bearing down on the Bahamas, and expected to be upgraded to hurricane status at any moment, according to the National Hurricane Center.
As the storm moves west, live webcams are a safe and handy way to stay aware of weather conditions in the potential path of destruction, and to feel connected with those dealing with Nicole’s consequences.
Nicole is not expected to pummel Florida with anywhere near the strength of Hurricane Ian, which invaded Florida from more or less the opposite direction on Sept. 28. Ian, a Category 4 hurricane, and one of the most powerful in the history of the state, led to the deaths of an estimated 127 people. By contrast, Nicole will likely be a Category 1 hurricane at landfall and weaken as it makes its way inland.
Nonetheless, in or near Nicole’s “cone of uncertainty” are major population centers and tourist attractions, including Walt Disney World and former President Donald Trump’s personal residence and golf resort, Mar-a-Lago.
Here are some webcams you can use to keep tabs on this storm as it rumbles toward Florida. At landfall, you’ll most likely witness hurricane force winds and frightening storm surge.
Downtown Stuart, Florida, webcam will likely show storm surge on city streets.
On Wednesday, residents of Stuart were already reporting storm surge in their community. As the storm moves in, this webcam will be one to watch.
Watch Tropical Storm Nicole hit Flagler Beach pier.
This camera shows choppy seas battering an understandably taped-off pier.
Watch Satellite Beach canal webcam to see Nicole’s effects further inland.
Located on a barrier island just east of the Florida mainland, Satellite Beach, which is a little to the north of the storm’s expected point of landfall, is bracing for weather, although it will dodge the eye of the storm.
Watch live webcam at Deerfield Beach, a little south of the expected landfall area.
A little south of Nicole’s expected landfall is Deerfield Beach. Given the unpredictability of hurricanes, it’s one to watch, too.
Watch Artemis 1 moon rocket at Kennedy Space Center as Tropical Storm Nicole bears down.
NASA’s next moon rocket, scheduled for launch on Nov. 18., is still in launch position and won’t be rolled back to shelter, even as Nicole delivers harsh wind and rain over the next couple of days. You can watch live as this $4.1 billion launch vehicle weathers the storm.
President Biden issued an emergency declaration in Florida on Wednesday morning. Florida’s Flagler, Palm Beach, Martin, and Volusia Counties were issued mandatory evacuation orders for vulnerable habitations, including homes on barrier islands and in low-lying areas, along with all mobile homes.
How is Tropical Storm Nicole related to climate change?
Climate change is impacting hurricanes. Some of these impacts are clear, particularly more serious rainfall and historic flooding, along with higher storm surges. Other impacts, like how the relentless warming oceans are affecting how strong these storms grow, are an intensive and ongoing area of research.