Tropical Storm Nicole was a short-lived and unusually asymmetric
tropical cyclone that caused extensive flooding in Jamaica during the
2010 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the last of a record eight
tropical storms to form in September. Originating from a broad monsoonal
low, Nicole became a tropical depression over the northwestern Caribbean
Sea on September 28. As it tracked northeastward, its wind circulation
was poorly defined, and most of its strongest thundershowers were well
removed from the center. In Jamaica, the storm triggered widespread
power outages affecting more than 288,000 residences. Precipitation of
up to 37.42 inches (950 mm) caused disastrous flooding in several
parishes, severely damaging or destroying 528 houses. The island's
farmland suffered from extensive water pollution. Nicole wrought an
estimated US$245.4 million in damage throughout Jamaica, and there were
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