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As Nicole continues to weaken, it is still impacting Hampton Roads

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 3pm for eastern North Carolina and Southeast Virginia.

NORFOLK, Va. — According to the National Hurricane Center, Nicole made landfall in the U.S. by striking Florida Thursday morning as a Category 1 Hurricane. Nicole is only the fourth hurricane to make landfall in the US in the month of November since 1851!

Thursday evening Nicole was downgraded to a tropical depression. While the center of the system will pass well west of Hampton Roads, it is still bringing showers and possible rotating stronger cells across the region.

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A Tornado Watch is in effect until 3pm Friday.

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The remnants of the system are expected to merge with a cold front and pass west of Hampton Roads later Friday. 

So, what can we expect?

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Coastal impacts are expected to be minimal, but some areas inland could see heavier rainfall.

Rainfall amounts should be fairly low, with most areas picking up about a half inch of rain, with some locally higher amounts up to about an inch.

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The Storm Prediction Center currently has the region under a 'slight risk,' which is a level 2 risk, of severe weather on Friday. This means that there could be stronger thunderstorms with gusty winds. An isolated tornado can't be ruled out. 

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Remember these safety tips in the event of a tornado: 

  • Get In: If you are outside, go inside the nearest building and try to make your way towards the middle and away from windows.
  • Get Down: Go underground if you can, or at least to the lowest floor of the building or home. 
  • Cover Up: One of the largest causes of injuries during tornadoes is being struck by flying objects. Cover yourself with pillows, blankets and even helmets if you can. 

Stay up-to-date with the latest weather conditions on-air and online here at 13News Now. 


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