The 2022 hurricane season ends on November 30th but Mother Nature isn’t going to let it go quietly. Here’s the latest about Tropical Storm Nicole and it’s potential impact on Florida.

Tropical Storm Nicole is intensifying and is expected to become a hurricane on Wednesday, November 9th as it approaches Florida’s east coast. NOAA’s Hurricane Center expects the storm’s center to move across central and northern Florida into southern Georgia on Thursday into Thursday night.

Governor DeSantis declared a State of Emergency for the following 34 counties: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, HighlandsHillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, PascoPolk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, and Volusia. Tropical Storm and Hurricane Warnings, as well as Flood Watch and Storm Surge Warnings have gone up throughout the state.

At the moment, the Tampa Bay area is under a Tropical Storm Watch. That means tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

Several Tampa Bay school districts have announced school closures ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole’s potential impact.

The Manatee County School District has not announced any school closures, but there will be no extra-curricular activities starting 5 p.m. Wednesday, with the exception of Extended Day programs. Activities including athletic contests and practices, band and JROTC will be postponed until further notice.

The Pasco County School District announced that schools and offices will remain open on Wednesday, and all after-hours extracurricular events are expected to go on as scheduled. Schools and offices will be closed Thursday. Before and after-school programs will be closed Thursday as well. Pasco County Schools expects all schools and offices to reopen Friday, November 11th.

Polk County Public Schools, based on the current forecast, will be open on Wednesday but all after-school activities are canceled both Wednesday and Thursday.  School offices will be closed on Thursday due to forecasted wind speeds.

More updates as soon as we get them. [SOURCE ABC Action News/News Channel 8]

Photos From the Ground: Weekend Clean Up In South Florida After Hurricane Ian