The Florida Landfall of Hurricane Nicole Raises Concerns About Climate Change

Today, Florida is recovering from yet another hurricane. Early this morning, Hurricane Nicole made landfall close to Vero Beach in the state with gusts of 75 mph. It was reduced to a tropical storm after reaching land. Since records have been maintained, a hurricane has never hit Florida’s Atlantic coast this late in the season, according to NPR’s Greg Allen.

Byline: GREG ALLEN Nicole made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane. That is on the lower end of the hurricane scale. Due to the potential for storm surge, authorities issued evacuation orders for residents of barrier islands along much of Florida’s Atlantic coast. Local officials and Governor Ron DeSantis concurred that the situation as Nicole went across Florida today might have been far worse.

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You do have downed trees, Ron Desantis. There are electrical lines there. Road washouts, wind, and storm surges are all present. Beach erosion has been observed, particularly in regions where erosion from Hurricane Ian had previously occurred.

ALLEN: The high surf and storm surge from Fort Lauderdale to Daytona Beach destroyed piers, wiped away dunes, and put homes and other buildings in danger. Authorities in Volusia County ordered the evacuation of 40 single-family houses in addition to 19 hotels and condominium units.

At least one property fell and others were at risk of doing so as the beach washed away. Residents won’t be allowed to return until the buildings have undergone an inspection and been given the all-clear, according to Volusia County Manager George Recktenwald. The structural damage along our shoreline is unprecedented, according to George Recktenwald. Nothing like this has ever happened before.

ALLEN: Many Floridians believed the hurricane season was ended until Nicole formed in the Atlantic this week. Although the official conclusion of the hurricane season is November 30, Florida rarely has landfalling storms this late in the year, particularly along its Atlantic coast. The final one happened in 1935.

There are a few reasons Nicole arrived so late, according to Jeff Masters, a meteorologist with Yale Climate Connections. Fall was quite warm on the East Coast. Additionally, the Atlantic’s high-level winds, which might prevent hurricane formation, weren’t as powerful as typical.

JEPPER MASTERS Additionally, due to global warming, ocean temperatures are higher than ever, with the environment now being 1.2 degrees Celsius warmer than it was in the 1800s.

ALLEN: According to Master, increasing ocean temperatures have caused hurricanes to form sooner than in previous years. Nicole has demonstrated that they will probably form later in the season. Greg Allen, Port Saint Lucie, Florida-based NPR News NPR provided the transcript; Copyright NPR.

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