RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Subtropical Storm Nicole formed early Monday northeast of the Bahamas, but it could bring wind and rain to North Carolina this week. As of Monday evening, the storm is located 435 miles east-northeast of the northwestern Bahamas and is moving to the northwest at 8 mph, with sustained winds up to 45 mph.
A general westward movement is forecast through early Thursday. On this track the center of Nicole will approach the northwestern Bahamas early Wednesday, then the east coast of Florida, potentially has a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday morning.
Heavy rainfall is expected over portions of Florida and the southeast by mid to late week.
North Carolina is expected to get heavy rain Friday into Friday night with 1-2 inches of rainfall expected.
Coastal areas are likely to get the worst from the storm — including up to 4 inches of rain and gusty winds.
Strong NE to E winds will combine with high astronomical tides, due to the full moon on Tuesday, to produce possible coastal flooding along with potential for beach erosion and high surf along the North Carolina coast according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
The Wilmington National Weather Service office said that gale warnings are in effect Tuesday into Friday night with offshore seas up to 19 feet.