Nicole could cause heavy rain and tornadoes on its way to the northern US.

Nicole could cause heavy rain and tornadoes on its way to the northern US.

The weakening of the system meant that there are no longer any coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Nicole, already downgraded to a tropical depression, may still cause heavy rains and tornadoes on its way north through states in the interior of the United States, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Friday.

The bulletin at 10:00 local time (15:00 GMT) from the Miami-based agency indicated that Nicole was about 35 miles (55 km) north of the city of Atlanta, Georgia, dragging maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour (45 km/h).

The weakening of the system meant that there are no longer any coastal watches or warnings in effect.

The tropical depression is moving north-northeast near 23 miles per hour (37 km/h) and a faster north-northeast motion is expected during the next few hours.

On the forecast track, the center of Nicole will continue to move over the southern Appalachians for the next several hours.

Nicole is forecast to become a post-tropical cyclone later today and is likely to dissipate tonight.

However, remnants of the system will continue to move across the eastern United States through Saturday morning.

Nicole is expected to bring heavy rain to areas of the southeastern, southern and central Appalachians, as well as parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio.

The passage of the system has caused flooding in areas near the St. Johns River (Florida), while in New England they will also be possible during the next few hours.

Some tornadoes are possible today in parts of North Carolina and southern and eastern Virginia.

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