Nicole’s tropical depression was moving through Georgia on Friday morning after a day of desolation swept across Florida as a hurricane and then a tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center reported that it was dumping heavy rain in the Southeast.
Nicole is blamed for at least two d*aths in Florida.
At the beginning of Friday, the wind was blowing at 35 miles per hour.
The center said a rare November hurricane could bring up to 8 inches of rain into the Blue Ridge Mountains. Flash and urban flooding can occur as rain spreads to the eastern Ohio Valley, the Mid-Atlantic, and New England by Saturday.
“On the forecast path, Nicole’s center will move through central and northern Georgia this morning and then through western Carolina,” the hurricane center said. “… Nicole is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone tonight and then disperse tonight or early Saturday.”
Some 53,000 homes and businesses in Florida were de-energized on Friday morning, according to the data PowerOutage.pl.
Nicole spent Thursdayafter coming ashore as a hurricane in the early morning near Vero Beach. The main damage was on the east coast, north of this site, in the area of Daytona Beach. The storm reached the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday night before turning north.
Nicole shipped several homes along the Florida coast into the Atlantic Ocean and destroyed many more, including hotels and a row of multi-story condominiums. It was another devastating blow just weeks lateron the Persian Gulf coast, killing more than 130 people and destroying thousands of homes.
Before reaching Florida, Nicole became the first hurricane to hit the Bahamas sincea Category 5 storm that devastated the archipelago in 2019.
For the storm-weary Florida residents, it was only the first November hurricane to hit their shores since 1985, and only the third one since records began in 1853.
Nicole stretched out, covering most of the weather-weary Florida state, while also reaching Georgia and Karolin before dawn on Thursday. Tropical storm winds extended in some directions as far as 450 miles from downtown when Nicole turned north over central Florida.
While Nicole’s winds did minimal damage, her storm surge was more destructive than it could have been in the past, as sea levels rise as the planet’s ice melts.Princeton University climatologist Michael Oppenheimer said. He said this adds up to the larger coastal floods flowing deeper inland and what used to be once a century events that will happen almost every year in some places, he said.
“It’s definitely part of the picture that’s happening,” Oppenheimer said. “It will happen elsewhere. It will happen all over the world. ”
Officials in Volusia County, northeast of Orlando, said Thursday night that building inspectors had declared 24 hotels and apartments in Daytona Beach Shores and New Smyrna Beach unsafe and ordered their evacuation. At least 25 single-family homes in Wilbur-by-the-Sea have been found structurally unreliable by building inspectors and have also been evacuated, county officials said.
“The structural damage along our coastline is unprecedented. We’ve never experienced anything like this before, ”said district manager George Recktenwald in an earlier press conference, noting that it is unknown when evacuated residents can safely return home.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office reported that a man and woman were killed by electric shock when they touched power lines in the Orlando area. Nicole has also caused inland floods, where part of the St. Johns is at or above the flood stage, and some rivers in the Tampa Bay area are also approaching flood levels, according to the National Weather Service.
All 67 Florida counties were in a state of emergency. President Biden also approved an emergency declaration for the Florida Seminole tribe, ordering federal aid to the tribal nation. Many Seminoles live on six reservations throughout the state.
Parts of Florida were devastated by Hurricane Ian, which struck a Category 4 storm. Ian destroyed homes and damaged crops, including orange groves, across the state – damage many still grapple with – and sent a storm surge up to 13 feet high ashore, causing extensive damage.
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