After Nicole Batters Florida Homes Crash Into Ocean, At Least Two Dead

In a Nutshell: Two persons were electrocuted in Florida’s Orange County. Numerous houses have crashed into the water, and scores more are in jeopardy. At its worst, the number of consumers without electricity exceeded 300,000.

Some homes collapsed, while others were dangerously near to doing so, as waves ate away at exposed beaches that had already sustained damage from Hurricane Ian. In the Orlando region, two persons perished after touching electricity lines, while one person was saved from a sailboat. Here’s a look at what transpired on Thursday as Nicole travelled around the state.

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(9:19 p.m. ET) More than 100,000 still need electricity

According to PowerOutage.us, there are more than 100,000 homes, companies, and other utility customers without power throughout the state. Brevard County has the biggest amount at over 38,000, followed by Volusia with a total of about 10,000. Anyone who uses a portable generator for power should always keep in mind that it should never be placed inside or within 20 feet of any building or enclosed structure, windows, doors, or vents.

High winds spread across the state around 9:03 p.m. ET.

High winds were seen throughout Florida, not only on its Atlantic coast. According to observations gathered by the National Weather Service, gusts between 40 mph and 60 mph were experienced at dozens of places in the Tampa Bay area on the Gulf Coast. 65 mph near Clearwater Beach, 58 mph in Old Port Tampa, 54 mph at St. Petersburg’s Albert Whitted Airport, 48 mph in Tarpon Springs, and 45 mph on Longboat Key are a few of the more notable ones.

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( 8:30 p.m. ET) A1A Washed Out in Parts

Florida State Road A1A is currently being repaired in places where waves damaged the road. The famous route travels the full length of Florida’s Atlantic coastline from north to south, passing through urban areas bordered by highrises and tourist destinations as well as little beach villages with residential streets and surf shops. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, crews will work around the clock on at least one washout, near Vilano Beach in St. John’s County.

Storm May Have Contributed To Fatal Crash In Orlando Area ( 8:18 p.m. ET)

The Orange County Register stated that the weather might have caused a deadly car accident. The collision occurred when the storm passed through Florida’s Turnpike. Due to water, at least one highway entrance ramp was restricted on Thursday morning.

(​5:19 p.m. ET) NASA: ‘Very Minor’ Damage to the Artemis Rocket

Teams at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center are checking for damage to NASA’s Artemis lunar rocket after the area experienced wind gusts of more than 70 mph as Nicole passed over. Jim Free, associate administrator for exploration systems development at NASA, tweeted that camera checks had shown relatively minor damage like loose caulk and breaks in weather coverings.

The team will shortly carry out more in-person walk-down examinations of the vehicle. Last week, the Space Exploration System rocket and its Orion spacecraft were transported to the launch pad in preparation for an earlier-than-expected Monday launch. That is being postponed until at least Wednesday.

Multiple Vehicle Crashes In Jacksonville (5:09 PM ET)

According to Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief Ellis Burns, some car accidents in Jacksonville today are probably due to the weather. Burns made the statement during a news briefing in the afternoon. At least 20 crashes, several of which involved people stranded in cars, according to Burns, had prompted authorities to respond.

Orlando International Airport Will Reopen Partially At 5:06 PM ET

At 8 p.m. tonight, domestic arrivals at Orlando International Airport will resume. Both domestic and international departures will resume tomorrow. The world’s busiest airport closed yesterday afternoon before Nicole arrived.

Crews Fight Jacksonville’s Flood Threat at 4:26 PM ET

City public works workers are working to maintain drainage systems free of obstructions in advance of tonight’s high tide, which is anticipated to occur at around 9:15 p.m. Photos of felled trees and standing water was shared on social media.

State of emergency expanded to include all of Florida (at 3:48 PM ET)

All 67 of Florida’s counties are currently in a state of emergency. Gov. Ron DeSantis first listed 34 counties in his emergency declaration, which he made on Monday. Yesterday, it was expanded to 45 counties, and this morning, it was expanded to include the rest of the state.

Trees and power lines are down in Orlando (at 3:35 p.m. ET)

In the Orlando region, where damage assessments are in progress, crews are removing felled trees and electrical wires. Orlando International Airport, City Hall, and schools are still closed.

Wind Gusts Up To 80 MPH (3:25 PM ET)

Gusts up to 80 mph have been reported in Melbourne, 78 mph in Cocoa Beach, and 75 mph in Cape Canaveral, according to a recent list of strong wind reports. Brevard County has all of the sites. Daytona Beach in Volusia County measured a gust of 70 mph. Orlando, in the centre of the state, and St. Petersburg, on the Gulf Coast, all had gusts of above 60 mph, as did Jacksonville, further to the north.

(​2:57 p.m. ET) Thousands are still without electricity

According to poweroutage.us, there are currently more than 280,00 power outages in Florida. The biggest number, roughly 79,000, is in Brevard County, which is located on the Space Coast, an area east of Orlando along the Atlantic Ocean.

‘Life Threatening’ Beach Conditions On Florida’s East Coast ( 2:32 PM ET)

High surf continues to batter beaches all around the East Coast, and many of them are covered in debris. This is particularly true in Volusia County, where erosion is destroying homes on the ocean. According to Tammy Malphurs, deputy chief of beach safety and ocean rescue for Volusia County, “If you walk anywhere near the beach, you’re putting your life in jeopardy.”

Dozens of Buildings Are Currently Considered In Danger (2:25 PM ET)

Officials from Volusia County stated during the news conference that at least 19 hotel or condominium structures and 40 single-family residences have been damaged by erosion along the county’s beaches. Damage assessments are still being conducted, therefore problems might not be apparent to untrained eyes.

County Manager George Recktenwald said, “The structural devastation along our shoreline is unprecedented.” “The path to recovery is likely to be long.” While the majority of occupants in the impacted buildings have evacuated, county spokesperson Kevin Captain stated that there may still be a few “outliers” who decide to remain and that there is a chance that the next high tide and tonight’s full moon will cause additional damage.

Man Who Lived Aboard Sailboat Rescued @ 1:59 p.m. ET

While Nicole was churning the Indian River Lagoon off Cocoa Village, Brevard County sheriff’s deputies came to the aid of a man whose yacht had broken free from its anchor chains. According to Florida Today, Robert Shufelt has spent more than ten years living on the yacht.

When the chains for all three of the boat’s anchors broke, he dialled for assistance. Despite the high seas, deputies John Coppola and Mike Ryle managed to approach Shufelt in a motorised rubber boat. Shufelt was unwilling to visit a hospital. Shufelt told the newspaper, “I don’t know where I’m headed now, that’s all I can say.”

“Three of my anchors came away while I had them down. That demonstrates her strength. Although it wasn’t my first hurricane, this one knocked me out.

Dam Breach Threatens Port Orange Homes (1:08 PM ET)

According to Fox 35, a dam has broken in the Florida community of Port Orange, potentially exposing hundreds of houses to floods. The seawall and bank on the northern end of the Cambridge Canal drainage system have been undermined, Port Orange Mayor Don Burnette informed the station. Water was being pushed into the area by tides that were higher than usual. During Hurricane Ian, many hundred residences in the region also experienced flooding.

( 12:26 PM ET) Additional Daytona condominiums evacuated

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation order for Daytona Beach’s Tower Grande Condominiums’ inhabitants. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the seawall there collapsed, creating hazardous conditions.

According to Fox 35, residents of the Opus Condominiums and the Castaways Beach Resort, two nearby buildings, were also given the order to vacate. The Sheriff’s Office added that due to safety risks on the beaches, all bridges to the beaches, except those to New Smyrna Beach, have been closed.

(12 PM ET) Two Deaths In Florida Confirmed

Authorities in Orange County, Florida, said that two persons perished early on Thursday as a result of coming into contact with a downed electricity line. They noted that Pershing Avenue and Bayfront Parkway area where the incident happened.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, deputies and firefighters discovered a man had died at the intersection at 9:30 a.m. After getting out of his automobile, he made touch with the electrical line, an OCSO representative informed the newspaper.

He also electrocuted a female companion who subsequently passed away in a hospital, according to the Sentinel.

Properties “Are Collapsing Into The Ocean” ( 10:42 ET)

In Wilbur-By-The-Sea, where several of the properties are being ruined as the beach below them washes away, Krista Goodrich manages beachfront vacation rentals. Goodrich informed the Daytona Beach News-Journal that “two of our three properties are collapsing into the water.”

FEMA, the National Guard, and Sheriff Chitwood are all present, she claimed. In Wilbur, people are forced to leave by pounding on doors and going door to door because the ocean is essentially building sinkholes beneath their homes. Michael J. Chitwood, the sheriff of Volusia County, allegedly reported seven homes have fallen into the water, according to Goodrich. And they plan more, she added.

“It will permanently alter our landscape,” According to G Goodrich, who spoke to Live Storms Media, Hurricane Ian’s erosion and damage to sea barriers made the homes—some of which were constructed in the 1960s—vulnerable to Nicole’s storm surge.

Impacts Seen Along South Carolina Coast (9:58 a.m. ET)

Charleston, South Carolina, is experiencing flooding due to the onshore wind. According to the Police Department, several streets have been closed. On Pawleys Island, too, water has flooded roadways to the north.

( 9:54 a.m. ET) Flagler Beach’s A1A is damaged

Photos of erosion-related Flagler Beach damage have been published by Flagler County Emergency Management. According to the report, Highway A1A has sustained substantial damage.

St. Johns River Flooding Again (at 9:41 ET)

The St. Johns River is causing flooding in the community of Welaka, Florida, which is located in Putnam County. Water is approximately knee-deep in the Sportsman Harbor area, according to pictures posted on the town’s Facebook page.

(​9:32 a.m. ET) Disney said that the parks will reopen today

At noon today, the Magic Kingdom will reopen. According to a press release from the parks, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios will all reopen at noon. Hollywood Studios will open at two. 30 minutes before the scheduled park reopening time, transportation to theme parks will start running.

(​9:16 a.m. ET) 320,000 or less lose power

According to poweroutage.us, N Nicole has caused power outages in close to 320,00 homes and businesses around Florida.

A chunk of Pier Gone (9:09 a.m. ET)

Nicole has significantly damaged Lauderdale-By-The-900-foot-long Sea’s Anglin’s, Fishing Pier. “Anglin’s Fishing Pier is a beloved institution in our community, therefore it breaks my heart to see it in such bad shape. Although the pier is privately held, Mayor Chris Vincent tweeted that the town would “do what we can to support the property owner in the coming days and months.”

Floods at St. Augustine (8:46 a.m. ET)

Similarly to when Hurricane Ian hit, St. Augustine’s bayfront is currently inundated. The St. Johns County EOC reports that the Bridge of Lions is now only open to emergency vehicles.

( 8:36 AM ET) Five to six homes are damaged by erosion

According to WESH, several homes at Wilbur-By-The-Sea in Florida’s Volusia County seem to be on the verge of collapsing into the water. Several residences were visible in a video taken by reporter Claire Metz and dangling over the dune. One home’s entire backside was removed, according to another image. Another video from WFTV displayed collapsed dwellings.

(​7:54 a.m. ET) Buildings in Daytona Beach Shores survived?

The status of several condos and hotel structures in Daytona Beach Shores, which were made vulnerable by hurricane Ian’s erosion, is yet unknown. On Wednesday, officials distributed warnings to inhabitants to leave the door of the building to door.

According to Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Director Mike Fowler, “there is a genuine possibility that we will have a large building go down in this area.” I’ve been around for 30 years. We have a serious issue because this has never happened before.

(​7:28 a.m. ET) Over 230,000 People Lose Power

According to poweroutage.us, N Nicole has caused power outages in more than 234,000 homes and businesses around Florida. On Florida’s east coast, the majority of those are located in the counties of Volusia, Brevard, and Indian Rivers.

(​7:18 a.m. ET) Skyway Shutdown Due To Winds

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that due to gusts that have reached 50 mph, the Sunshine Skyway bridge over Tampa Bay has been closed.

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(4:00 a.m. ET) Nicole Has Become Another Tropical Storm

Just one hour after making landfall, Nicole has returned to being a powerful tropical storm. As Nicole moves further inland, some weakening of the storm is anticipated, but effects from storm surge, powerful gusts, and heavy rainfall will persist from Florida up the East Coast to conclude the workweek.

Wind Gust Over 70 MPH (3:50 a.m. ET)

This morning, Florida’s Atlantic coast recorded wind gusts of at least 70 mph. That includes 70 mph in Melbourne, 71 mph in Cape Canaveral, and 73 mph at Playalinda Beach.

(3:30 a.m. ET) Nicole touches down

At 3 a.m. ET on Thursday, Nicole made it ashore just south of Vero Beach, Florida. Nicole was a Category 1 storm because of its 75 mph top sustained winds.

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