Nicole's path is expected to become a hurricane and hit Florida  

A new storm has formed in the Atlantic, and it is heading for Florida, where hurricane warnings have been issued.

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Nicole is expected to strengthen and become a hurricane as it approaches the Bahamas on Wednesday. Some of those islands are under hurricane warning.

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Do not concentrate on Nicole's exact track because it is expected to be a large storm with hazards extending well to the north of the center and outside of the cone, affecting much of the Florida peninsula and portions of the southeast United States," the hurricane center said in its forecast discussion on Monday.

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The hurricane center warned residents of the central Bahamas, Florida, and the United States' southeastern coast to keep an eye on Nicole.

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Nicole could make landfall anywhere along Florida's east coast, from the Space Coast southward to near Miami.

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By Saturday, it might cross Florida, briefly enter the Gulf coast, then recross the state. At that point, it would be close to the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina.

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Storm Subtropical Nicole was 495 miles east of the northwest Bahamas and was heading northwest at 9 mph.

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Nicole had 45 mph winds, classifying it as a minor subtropical storm. The hurricane center predicts gradual strengthening.

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Nicole could bring 3 to 5 feet of storm surge and 2 to 4 inches of rain to parts of Florida's east coast and the northwestern Bahamas.

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