With Tropical Storm Nicole approaching, Jacksonville has canceled the Veterans Day Parade and breakfast scheduled for Friday morning.
Mayor Lenny Curry said the city acted out of caution over a storm that could approach hurricane-force winds.
The Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair also will close Thursday and operate with new hours Friday: 3 to 11 p.m.
The storm is expected to hit late Wednesday or early Thursday. The effects could last for days as Nicole crosses Florida and then curves back toward the southeast U.S.
A dangerous storm surge, with large and damaging waves, is likely along much of Florida’s east coast and portions of coastal Georgia, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday.
Northeast Florida has a 50% to 70% chance of experiencing tropical storm winds, meaning 39 mph to 73 mph, the hurricane center said.
Rainfall could total 4 inches across the Jacksonville area and up to 6 inches in southern portions of Northeast Florida
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Curry has not yet declared a state of emergency, but he said a decision will be made within 24 hours.