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The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing ports along the Atlantic coast of Florida for the arrival of Subtropical Storm Nicole, which is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by mid-week.

The trackline for Nicole is still uncertain, but the storm’s diameter is wide and it will likely affect a large swathe of coastline in Florida, the Bahamas, Georgia and South Carolina. It is currently located about 400 nm to the north of the Dominican Republic, moving westward towards the northern Bahamas and gaining intensity. The National Hurricane Center expects it to become a tropical storm within 36 hours and further intensify as it approaches Florida, developing hurricane-force winds of 65 knots before landfall late Wednesday. Read on.