Tropical Storm Nicole was a tropical storm for around 6 hours before it weakened into a remnant low pressure area and is now off the Florida coast. NASA Satellite imagery captured different views of Nicole’s clouds as the system weakened back into a low pressure area. While Nicole weakened, a huge trough of low pressure over the U.S. eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine has become the key weathermaker there. The trough, an elongated area of low pressure, is streaming tropical moisture from Nicole’s remnants and the Gulf of Mexico, bringing high rainfall totals and severe weather up and down the coast.
At 2 a.m. EDT on Sept. 30, Nicole’s remnant low was still 35 miles east of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and about 65 miles west-southwest of Freeport, the Bahamas. Nicole’s remnants are forecast to merge with the giant trough (an elongated area of low pressure) later today or early Friday. Nicole’s remnants, barely discernable on satellite imagery now because of the huge trough to its west, will still be bringing locally heavy rainfall over the Bahamas. There’s just a 10 percent chance it will regenerate as a subtropical cyclone in the next 24 hours.