Hurricane Nicole weakens to a tropical storm - U.S. NHC

STORY: The storm is about 60 mile southeast of Orlando, Florida, and packing maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

Nicole had threatened coastal areas still reeling from the last major storm six weeks ago.

A hurricane warning had been posted for a 240-mile coastal stretch that included the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, where NASA's new moon rocket stood exposed to the elements and anchored to its launch pad to ride out the storm.