Erosion creates concern as Tropical Storm Nicole approaches South Florida

DANIA BEACH, Fla. – As Tropical Storm Nicole approaches South Florida, visitors are keeping calm before the storm.

With Tropical Storm Nicole still well off of our coastline, areas in Southeast Florida are already seeing some rough surf and high winds.

Despite having heavy winds in some areas on Tuesday, it wasn’t stopping travelers from hanging out at the beach.

“It is windy but we’re still out here enjoying it,” said Melissa Batte, who was visiting from Mississippi. “We’ve got to live day to day and minute by minute.”

According to Local 10 News’ Hurricane Specialist and Storm Surge Expert Michael Lowry, one issue we do need to be wary of is erosion, as our shoreline is expected to be pounded by rough waves for the next couple of days.

“Closer to the coast near Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, probably more in the 5 to 10 ft range especially come Wednesday, but those very large powerful waves that are crashing at the shore are going to cause some coastal erosion in spots,” said Lowry.

Lowry also advised others to stay out of the water through the end of the week.

“We expect the rip current risk to be there all of the way through the end of the week so starting today, tomorrow, Thursday, Friday, not a time that you’re going to want to get into the water,” said Lowry. “Those rip currents can be life-threatening.”

About the Authors:

Ian Margol joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Born in Miami Beach and raised in Broward County, Ian is thrilled to be back home in South Florida.

Michael Lowry is Local 10's Hurricane Specialist and Storm Surge Expert.