Caribbean Storm Nicole caused at least five fatalities as it travelled through Georgia and the Sunshine State before weakening to a tropical depression on Thursday night. When the storm touched down in Florida at around 3 a.m. on Thursday, it was briefly a Category 1 hurricane. Before passing through the Orlando metro region and continuing to the Florida Panhandle, it first made landfall near Vero Beach.
The storm’s core was 20 miles north of Tallahassee around 10 p.m., according to the National Hurricane Center, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. In the storm, at least five individuals perished. Two persons died after being electrocuted by a downed power line, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that two more people were murdered in a car accident in Orange County. On a yacht in Cocoa Beach, a 68-year-old man passed away from an undetermined cause.
The guy and his wife were eventually taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Cocoa Officers Department on Facebook. “When police and firefighters arrived, they located a couple on the boat while it was being pounded by the waves and the pier,” the department added.
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The storm’s building damage also caused evacuations. At least 25 single-family homes in Wilbur-by-the-Sea, as well as 24 hotels and condos in New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach Shores, were considered hazardous and evacuated.
Nicole’s arrival made Florida the third location where a hurricane made landfall in November in recorded history. The other two hurricanes that hit November were Hurricane Kate in 1985 and the Yankee Hurricane in 1935.
Light to occasional moderate rain bands associated with Tropical Depression Nicole will affect areas east of the Tombigbee River through much of the night. The last
rain band will clear our northeast counties by daybreak Friday, with morning lows in the upper 50s to mid 60s. pic.twitter.com/wb3abQs2tt
— NWS Mobile (@NWSMobile) November 11, 2022
The hurricane has declared a state of emergency in each of Florida’s 67 counties. In the Southern United States, isolated flash, urban, and small stream flooding is anticipated, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Over the weekend, as Tropical Depression Nicole moves north, flooding may occur in Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania in addition to stormy conditions in the central Appalachians and the Blue Ridge Mountains.