All the attention is on Hurricane Matthew as it nears what could be a catastrophic march up Florida’s east coast, starting in the early hours of Friday morning.
And rightly so. This storm could be a worst-case scenario for Florida.
But you may have heard about another hurricane out there, Hurricane Nicole.
Upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane from a tropical storm on Thursday, Nicole isn’t projected to make landfall anywhere – except, perhaps, eventually Bermuda.
But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter.
Nicole is hot on Matthew’s heels in the Atlantic, and it’s interfering with the larger storm’s path.
Take a look at this projection:
Complicated relationship b/t Hurricanes Matthew & Nicole + high pressure. —-> increasing likelihood of S. FL impacts (again) in 5-days+ pic.twitter.com/LL90SrzLZx
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) October 6, 2016
We have another article explaining a bit more about this rare phenomenon. But the key takeaway here is that Nicole looks as if it will nudge Matthew back toward Florida and Bermuda in a kind of loop the loop later on. (Matthew, however, will most likely be much weaker at that point.)
Keep in mind that these projections point deep into next week, and hurricane models are generally considered solid only three days into the future. This is an unusual, dangerous situation in many respects, and we’ll have to wait to know for sure how the two storms will interact.
So while few people should feel or see Nicole directly, the smaller storm will play a role in Matthew’s path – however it plays out.