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Veterans Day Parade canceled in Jacksonville

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Bill Bortzfield
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WJCT News
A scene from the Jacksonville Veterans Day Parade in 2018.

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

Curry has not yet declared a state of emergency, but he said a decision will be made within 24 hours.

Reporter Raymon Troncoso joined WJCT News in June of 2021 after concluding his fellowship with Report For America, where he was embedded with Capitol News Illinois covering Illinois state government with a focus on policy and equity. You can reach him at (904) 358-6319 or Rtroncoso@wjct.org and follow him on Twitter @RayTroncoso.