Tropical Storm Nicole Information Center

Friday, November 11, 2022 – 9:15 a.m. Update:

A Tornado Watch remains in effect due until 10 a.m. Friday due to Nicole, which is now a tropical depression. The threat for severe weather, however, is winding down.

Source: National Weather Service

We will see some sunshine throughout the day today. In the late afternoon, the final bands of Nicole will move through, bringing more rain and wind gusts into the area. It is recommended you keep your awnings in until the final remnants of Nicole leaves the area later today.

This morning’s high tide hasn’t brought any significant issues to Ocean Boulevard. There continues to be standing water near the swash, we just ask guests to avoid driving golf carts in that area until the water recedes.

Lakewood Camping Resort did not suffer any damage from the storm. We would like to thank our guests for their patience over the last several days as we did our best to prepare for whatever the storm brought to our area.

Thursday, November 10, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. Update:

Source: National Weather Service

 

Tropical Storm Nicole’s wind field has now reached South Carolina. The center of the storm is expected to pass well to the west of our region Thursday night and Friday, according to local weather officials.

The biggest weather impacts to be aware of are gusty winds, the chance for isolated tornadoes overnight Thursday into Friday, coastal flooding and rain.

This morning’s high tide, at 8:15, did bring water further onto Ocean Boulevard, reaching up to 18th Street, however it did not reach campsites in that area.

The Forecast:

There is a slight risk for isolated tornadoes Thursday evening through mid-afternoon Friday, with the greatest risk coming in overnight Thursday into Friday.

Source: WPDE

Source: WMBF News

 

Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 30 to 35 miles per hour Thursday. Those gusts will continue overnight. On Friday, gusts will be between 35 to 40 mph, isolated gusts of about 45 mph are also a possibility here along the coast.

We are already seeing light rain from the outer bands of Nicole. The rain will increase this morning with about 1” to 2” expected. Some areas could see 3” to 4”.

A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in place with coastal flooding remaining a concern through high tide Friday evening. A High Surf Advisory is also in place with waves expected to reach 6 to 8 feet.

High tide schedule:

Lakewood Response:

Lakewood Camping Resort is committed to keeping our guests safe throughout the storm. Our security team is here 24 hours a day. If a tornado watch is issued overnight tonight into Friday morning and you feel unsafe in your camper, stop by the security gate and request the front lobby be unlocked. If a tornado warning is issued, the front lobby will automatically be open for the safety of our guests and staff. Guests are also encouraged to utilize our bathhouses if they begin to feel unsafe inside their campers.

Prepare:

It is recommended that guests hook their campers up to their vehicles. This will provide your camper with extra support and a quick exit if needed.

All guests should download a local weather app & ensure their notifications are turned on. This will help you stay informed overnight should a tornado watch or warning be issued for our area. The local news stations include WMBF News, WPDE & WBTW.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 – 8:30 a.m. Update:

Source: WMBF News

Impacts of Tropical Storm Nicole are already being felt along our coastline. A Coastal Flood Advisory and a High Surf Advisory are in effect.

This morning’s high tide was at 8 a.m. It brought some water onto Ocean Boulevard near the swash, but at this point the tide isn’t causing any problems. Lakewood Camping Resort will continue to monitor the conditions and the forecast. We will make decisions based on the safety of our guests. Those wishing to move as a precaution are asked to visit the Front Desk, which is open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. Beginning today, anyone checking into the resort’s north end will be moved, temporarily, to the south end to avoid potential issues if flooding becomes a problem.

Today, Lakewood Security will continue to go door-to-door from the 5000 row northward to inform guests of the potential weather impacts, including flooding. After the last minute changes in Hurricane Ian’s path & strength in September, we want to be prepared should there be a significant change in Nicole’s forecast.

The Forecast:

The ocean will remain rough through Friday with waves expected to reach about 6 to 8 feet, which will likely cause beach erosion.

Source: WMBF News

Today, we will also see the winds pick up with gusts reaching 35 mph.

The forecast timeline shows rain will move into the area mid-day Thursday, which is also when officials say we could experience more severe weather with a slight threat for tornadoes late in the evening. Rain totals are expected to range between 1″ to 2″ with an isolated 3 to 4″ totals possible. Local meteorologists say since this is much-needed rain, it isn’t expected to produce significant flooding.

Impacts from Nicole heighten for our coastline on Friday with wind gusts reaching 40 – 45 mph, more rain, a continued low tornado threat, coastal flooding and beach erosion.

We want to stress that weather officials say Nicole will not be a hurricane when it reaches South Carolina. The storm is expected to weaken as it moves through Florida and up the southeastern United States.

Lakewood Impacts:

Those staying along the north end of the resort are most likely to see flooding over the next few days due to the rain, high tides and rough surf.

High Tide Schedule:

How to prepare:

We continue to stress the importance of securing outdoor items that may be blown around in the wind. Campers should also bring in their awnings if they haven’t already.

Today, Lakewood Camping Resort team members are picking up objects that could be blown around by the gusty winds, including umbrellas.

Stay Informed:

Lakewood Camping Resort will continue to provide these daily updates until the system moves out, however we recommend all guests stay informed of the local forecast. We suggest using local media outlets for your weather updates. These stations include WMBF, WPDE & WBTW. You can also monitor updates from the National Weather Service’s Wilmington office.

Tuesday, November 8th – 11 a.m. Update : 

Lakewood Camping Resort is monitoring the potential impacts of a tropical system on our coastline over the next several days. The most significant risk for our area is coastal flooding. The combination of gusty winds, rough surf, the tide, and pre-existing beach erosion from Hurricane Ian are making flooding more likely over the coming days.

Guests staying from the 5000-row northward are most likely to experience flooding from the storm. Today, members of the Lakewood Security Team will go door-to-door to those campsites to make guests aware of the forecast. Those wishing to move further inland or to the south end of the resort, where flooding is far less likely, for the duration of the storm are encouraged to visit the Front Desk. The Front Desk is open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily.

Potential Impacts:

Nicole, or the remnants of the storm, is expected to bring the risk for coastal flooding, an isolated tornado threat, wind and rain to our area. Most of the impacts are expected to arrive Thursday afternoon. The storm is expected to pass over South Carolina Friday as a weakening tropical storm. The impacts of the storm are expected to be felt through late Friday or early Saturday morning.

When it comes to Coastal flooding, we may see issues arise as early as Wednesday morning during high tide at 7:40 a.m. Flooding may continue with each tide through Friday evening.

Local meteorologists are stressing this storm will not bring the same damaging conditions as Hurricane Ian just a couple months ago.

How to Prepare:

With the forecast calling for gusty winds of 30 – 40 miles per hour and an isolated tornado risk, we recommend you begin to secure yard furniture & other outdoor belongings. We also recommend you bring in your awnings beginning Wednesday to avoid potential damage from the wind.

Stay Informed:

Lakewood Camping Resort will continue to provide these daily updates until the system moves out, however we recommend all guests stay informed of the local forecast. We suggest using local media outlets for your weather updates. These stations include WMBF, WPDE & WBTW. You can also monitor updates from the National Weather Service’s Wilmington office.