NEW YORK (PIX11) — Shortly after making landfall on the East Coast of Florida early Thursday, Hurricane Nicole weakened into a tropical storm. But the system, which was packing 60 mph winds and heavy rain, could still wreak havoc on the New York City area as it winds its way up the coast.

When will the worst of the rain arrive?

Rain will continue falling in the New York City area Friday afternoon into the evening. There may be a few rounds during this period where the rain gets heavy, along with the threat of a strong to severe thunderstorm.

A prolonged break may occur late Friday evening into the early Saturday morning hours. Toward daybreak, the final round of showers will approach and will probably contain some downpours as well.

A Wind Advisory is in effect for coastal sections starting late Friday night with gusts up to 50 mph. The gusts will really kick up when the last line of showers approaches overnight.

Rainfall amounts will hover around an inch for most areas. Inland spots may end up getting closer to 2 inches. Regardless of who gets what, the heavy rain and gusty winds will bring down leaves and may clog drainage basins, causing some flooding.

As with all tropical systems, the threat of an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out as well. So far, while there have been a few tornado warnings associated with Nicole, there has not been one confirmed since it made landfall.

There may still be a few leftover showers Saturday morning. Otherwise, skies will clear out and the winds will ease.

Is New York prepared for Nicole?

Gov. Kathy Hochul directed state agencies to prepare emergency response assets ahead of Nicole’s arrival in New York.

“Nicole is moving north and there is the potential for heavy rains and wind gusts over the next few days in parts of the state,” New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said. “Gov. Hochul and I are asking New Yorkers to prepare in advance, pay attention to local forecasts, make a plan if your area will be affected, and remember to check on your vulnerable neighbors and loved ones this weekend.”

The New York City Office of Emergency Management advised New Yorkers to prepare for heavy rain and possible flooding from Friday night into Saturday.

Heavy rain and high winds [are] expected … Flooding is possible. If you’re in a basement apartment, be ready to move to a higher floor,” the OEM tweeted. “Don’t drive or walk through flooded roads. Turn around, don’t drown! Tie down loose items or bring [them] inside.”

Tracking Nicole: Where is the storm right now?

Nicole was centered about 70 miles southwest of Macon, Georgia, Friday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. Now a depression, Nicole could dump as many as 8 inches of rain over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Forecasters issued a string of tornado warnings in North and South Carolina, although no touchdowns or damage were reported immediately. Much of both states and Virginia were under a tornado watch.

The storm caused at least three deaths and swallowed once-wide stretches of sand in the Daytona Beach area — famous for its drivable beaches — after coming ashore near Vero Beach early Thursday. Some homes toppled into the Atlantic Ocean.

This story comprises reporting from The Associated Press.