Heavy rains socked South Florida early Wednesday, bringing flooding concerns and moderate winds as Tropical Depression 16 became Tropical Storm Nicole near Cuba.
Between four and eight inches of rain were expected to be dumped on the area as Nicole moves out of South Florida late Wednesday.
But now Nicole is no more. The short-lived tropical storm rapidly became disorganized and has pretty much fallen apart.
An urban flood advisory was issued in Broward and Miami-Dade until 1 p.m. Wednesday for areas between the coast and I-95.
The storm's center was about 200 miles south-southwest of Miami Wednesday morning, and was moving north-northeast at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph. Although winds will average between 25-35 mph, occasional wind gusts could reach up to 50 mph, with the center of the storm nearing South Florida early Wednesday afternoon.
Tropical storm warnings and watches that had been in effect for South Florida were canceled.
At Miami International Airport, the storm had caused the cancellation of 14 inbound flights and 12 outbound flights. At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, just one incoming flight was canceled and several minor delays were reported. Delays were expected on roadways throughout the area all day.
In areas prone to flooding, such as Miami Beach and Hallandale Beach, workers took precautions late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Hallandale City Hall was filling sandbags and handing them out as businesses prepared for the onslaught of rain. By early Wednesday, workers had placed pumps out in areas of high flooding in Hallandale to try to keep water levels down.
Class was in session in Miami-Dade and Broward Wednesday, as only one school, American Heritage in Plantation, decided to close their doors. All local colleges and universities stayed open too. Miami-Dade public schools cancelled all after-school activities.
The Florida Panthers also decided to cancel their preseason game against the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday night due to the storm.