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Tropical Storm Nicole Douses Caribbean to Florida October 1, 2010
Tropical Storm Nicole's poorly defined circulation can be seen collapsing south of Miami in this Radar loop from Wednesday evening.
Short-lived Tropical Storm Nicole drenched areas from Jamaica and Cuba northward into Florida before being absorbed into a cold front passing over the southeastern United States.

At least nine people died in flash flooding across Jamaica as the storm began forming late Tuesday.

Cuba’s chief meteorologist, Jorge Rubiera, said that the storm produced top winds of only 37 mph and disagreed with the U.S. National Hurricane Center’s determination that Nicole was actually a tropical storm.

U.S. forecasters conceded that Nicole did have a poorly defined center of circulation and had been “a marginal system” during its brief life span.

What rain did fall across central Cuba was actually a blessing for farmers there who have endured a prolonged drought.

Nearly eight inches of rainfall in the province of Sancti Spiritus helped fill reservoirs and replenished groundwater, according to Cuban officials.

Tropical Storm Nicole Track

Radar Loop Data: NOAA