Tropical Storm Nicole: State Road A1A floods in some areas of Fort Lauderdale Beach

As Tropical Storm Nicole approaches Florida, rain storms and the high tide partially flooded State Road A1A on Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Police officers kept only one lane open at Northeast Ninth Street just south of the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and feet away west from the beach.

The lane closures were affecting both northbound and southbound traffic on SR A1A. Police officers said they will have to close the road if more of it floods.

On the beach, the conditions worsened hour by hour. There was a lifeguard on duty who displayed red flags and cut his day short to close the beach because of the wind gusts and surf.

Amid the stormy weather, the next high tide in Fort Lauderdale is at about 8:45 p.m. and 9:20 a.m., on Thursday, according to Tideschart.

Nicole is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane, move inland in Florida and weaken to a tropical storm by Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of 1 p.m., a hurricane warning was in effect from Boca Raton to the Flagler/Volusia county line. A tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch were in effect from Hallandale Beach to Boca Raton.

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Torres contributed to this report from Miami.

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