Tropical Storm Nicole forms in deep Atlantic Ocean

    The 14th tropical system of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season formed late this morning in the open Atlantic Ocean well south of Bermuda. 

    As of 11 a.m. today, Tropical Storm Nicole is about 525 miles northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, containing maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour with higher gusts and moving northwest at 8 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. 

    Forecasters expect Nicole to undergo a weakening trend by late tomorrow as it approaches stronger wind shear. The forecast track takes Nicole on a slow path in the open ocean, diminishing to a tropical depression in the coming days. 

    There’s no threat to the East Coast. Models have the cyclone eventually hooking to the east generally south of Bermuda. 

    As for Hurricane Matthew, here’s the latest National Hurricane Center forecast. Click here for Jersey Shore Hurricane News’ morning update. 

    With about two months left in the current hurricane season, forecasters advise coastal residents to have a plan should a tropical system threaten or strike. 

    The 2016 hurricane season ends on Nov. 30.  

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