Florida Election Day weather: Nicole bears down as voters head to polls

Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to impact beaches already hit by Hurricane Ian

As Florida voters head to the polls on Tuesday, officials warned about incoming Tropical Storm Nicole

Nicole is expected to become a hurricane over the Bahamas before impacting the Sunshine State's east coast on Wednesday. 

The National Hurricane Center said the storm was beginning to strengthen before turning westward or west-southwestward on Tuesday.

Forecasters said there won't be significant impacts in Florida until the evening and through Wednesday. 

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However, a hurricane warning is in effect for the northwestern Bahamas and a hurricane watch is in effect for the Atlantic coast of Florida from Brevard County to Broward County, as well as the Lake Okeechobee area. 

Hillsborough County residents cast their voting ballots at the C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library polling precinct on November 8, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.

Hillsborough County residents cast their voting ballots at the C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library polling precinct on November 8, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. ((Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images))

A storm surge watch has been issued from Broward County to halfway up Georgia’s coast.

An advisory from the hurricane center warned residents not to focus on the exact track of Nicole, because it is expected to be a large storm with hazards extending far to the north of the center and outside the cone. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 34 counties. 

A voter shows off their, 'I Voted", sticker after casting their ballot at a polling station on November 08, 2022 in Miami, Florida.

A voter shows off their, 'I Voted", sticker after casting their ballot at a polling station on November 08, 2022 in Miami, Florida. ((Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images))

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"While this storm does not, at this time, appear that it will become much stronger, I urge all Floridians to be prepared and to listen to announcements from local emergency management officials," DeSantis said in a statement. "We will continue to monitor the trajectory and strength of this storm as it moves towards Florida."

Subtropical Storm Nicole's forecast track

Subtropical Storm Nicole's forecast track (NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center)

The state is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Ian, which tore through Florida and the Carolinas in September.

County officials warned Nicole could bring more flooding and beach erosion, with Volusia County advising coastal residents to consider moving to a safer location.

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The Atlantic hurricane season runs through the end of the month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.