Nicole leaves 2 dead, homes on the brink of collapse ~ Nov. 10, 2022

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Hurricane Nicole eroded a large chunk of Flagler Beach in Flagler County, Florida, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (Flagler County Sheriff’s Office)

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office shared a tweet Thursday morning showing the strong waves and winds at Flagler Beach Pier. “We strongly recommend that no one go sight-seeing right now on the barrier island,” the tweet said.

Less than an hour after, the account posted images of collapsed roads that have been closed, including a portion of the scenic A1A Highway, due to the waves brought to shore from Nicole’s passing. “This is just one of the reasons why we’re advising you to stay off the barrier island until the storm is gone,” they reminded residents.

Hurricane Nicole took out large chunks of a shoreline roadway at Flagler Beach in Flagler County, Florida, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (Flagler County Sheriff’s Office)

12 hours ago

At least two people reported dead due to Nicole

By Allison Finch, AccuWeather staff writer

Authorities said at least two people have died after being electrocuted from downed power lines due to Hurricane Nicole’s powerful winds. A man who was found unresponsive was pronounced dead Thursday morning after being shocked by a downed power line in Conway, Florida, which is just outside of Orlando, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. A woman traveling with the man was also electrocuted and later died at a hospital. “We are urging all of our residents and visitors to use extreme caution if they are outside in the wake of the storm today,” the office wrote in a social media post. “Never touch a downed power line. If you are driving and see a downed power line, change directions immediately.” 

In this aerial view, flood water surround a building after Hurricane Nicole came ashore on Nov. 10, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Nicole came ashore as a Category 1 hurricane before striking Florida’s east coast. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

12 hours ago

The St. Augustine and Jacksonville areas woke up Thursday to Nicole’s hard-hitting impact

By Daniela Vivas Labrador, AccuWeather staff writer

St. Augustine’s boardwalks and main tourist areas were quickly flooded after Tropical Storm Nicole neared the area early Thursday morning. The St. Augustine Police Department shared a tweet on Thursday saying “The city is flooding at a rapid pace and the ‘Bridge of Lions’ is closed.” The authorities also asked residents to avoid driving as there have been road closures.

A portion of the Coastal Highway in St. Augustine, Florida, is seen collapsed and crumbled by the force of the storm from Hurricane Nicole and high tide, on Nov. 10, 2022. (St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center)

The National Weather Service office in Jacksonville also said on Twitter there were reports of flooded roads Thursday. “Do NOT attempt to drive or walk through flooding areas, you never know how deep the water is or what is hidden in the waters,” the NWS said. The city opened two shelters for those who have decided to evacuate their homes while the Duval County Emergency Management team issued a tornado watch for the Duval area until 1 p.m. EST Thursday. The Jacksonville airport is set to remain open Thursday yet “many arrivals and departures have been cancelled.”

Two shelters are now open in Jacksonville for those in need:

▪️Legends Center at 5130 Soutel Dr.
▪️Landmark Middle School at 101 Kernan Blvd N.

Both are special needs and pet friendly. No evacuations have been ordered, we want to make sure shelter is available to those in need. pic.twitter.com/xykDf33zFX— City of Jacksonville (COJ) (@CityofJax) November 10, 2022

13 hours ago

Fishing pier partially collapses as a result of Nicole’s rough seas, strong winds

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather senior editor

Images emerged of Nicole’s damage and destruction along the Florida shoreline Thursday morning, and one of the most extensive damage reports came in from South Florida in the town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. A portion of the Anglins Fishing Pier partially collapsed into the sea and onlookers came to the beach area Thursday morning to get a glimpse. The pier suffered damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017 and was already closed from its middle section to the T shape at the ocean end of the pier, according to Visit Lauderdale, a government agency that promotes tourism efforts in the region. The pier is said to be the longest in South Florida, NBC Miami reported.

Anglins Fishing Pier is such an iconic landmark in our town, and seeing it damaged is heartbreaking. While the pier is privately owned, I know our town will do what we can to support the property owner in the coming days and months,” Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Mayor Chris Vincent said in a statement to NBC Miami. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is about a two-hour drive south of where Nicole made landfall.

Curious beach goers stand in the surf in front of part of Anglin’s Fishing Pier that collapsed into the ocean after Hurricane Nicole arrived, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Fla. Tropical Storm Nicole made landfall as a hurricane early Thursday near Vero Beach, Fla. It’s such a sprawling storm that it has covered nearly the entire peninsula while reaching into Georgia and South Carolina. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

14 hours ago

Comparing wind speeds of Nicole, Ian and 2004 deja vu

By Jesse Ferrell, AccuWeather senior weather editor

Hurricane Nicole was a damaging storm for Florida’s east coast, but the winds were much less than what Category 4 Hurricane Ian unleashed across Florida’s west coast. With Ian, winds gusted between 124 and 128 mph at multiple ground weather stations near landfall. Hurricane Nicole’s winds gusted as high as 100 mph on a NASA tower at Kennedy Space Center, but ground stations recorded wind gusts between 65 and 75 mph, with one station reporting an 84 mph gust.

If the news of two hurricanes hitting Florida in a month and a half sounds familiar, that’s because it happened back in 2004. Incredibly, Hurricane Charley and Hurricane Jeanne hit Florida’s west and east coast at almost the same places as Ian and Nicole, and both sets of storms were about 44 days apart. 

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14 hours ago

Nicole’s risk of severe weather stretches from Florida to South Carolina

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather senior editor

Tropical Storm Nicole remains centered over central Florida, and the radar imagery showed the large storm covering much of the peninsula and even reaching coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina.

Nicole is forecast to bring a severe weather risk to areas from south of Orlando to locations north of Charleston, South Carolina. AccuWeather meteorologists say isolated tornadoes and damaging wind gusts of 50-60 mph will be possible. In some places, an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ wind gust of 75 mph could occur. Already, there have been multiple tornado watches issued in northeastern Florida this morning and a tornado warning for St. Augustine.

15 hours ago

Homes at risk of collapsing along Florida coast

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather senior editor

After Hurricane Ian left behind severe beach erosion in late September along the Atlantic coast of Florida, Nicole made matters worse this week. Several beachside homes in the coastal community of Wilbur-By-The-Sea in Volusia County are now on the verge of collapsing into the ocean. AccuWeather’s Jillian Angeline captured footage of the endangered homes early Thursday after the sun rose and Nicole had moved into central Florida. Homes are also being threatened by beach erosion in nearby Daytona Beach.

With daylight comes a look at #Nicole’s power in Wilbur-By-The-Sea. These homes weakened by Ian are looking worse today. @breakingweather @accuweather pic.twitter.com/4GRhuiZ56h— Jillian Angeline (@JLAngeline) November 10, 2022

15 hours ago

Winds gust to 100 mph at Kennedy Space Center

By Jesse Ferrell, AccuWeather senior weather editor

The highest wind gusts from Nicole came from weather stations on NASA towers at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. One weather station located about 120 feet in elevation gusted to 100 mph. This location is where the Artemis I moon rocket, designed to withstand 74.4-knot gusts (86 mph), was stationed. Winds gusted between 70 and 100 mph at other NASA towers in the region. Outside of Cape Canaveral, an amateur weather station at Daytona Beach recorded a wind gust of 84 mph. The wind gusted to 73 mph at the Melbourne Airport, 67 mph at Patrick Air Force Base, and 66 at the Orlando Executive Airport.

16 hours ago

Power outages skyrocket in Florida as Nicole heads inland

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeatrher senior editor

More than 242,000 were without power in Florida shortly after 8 a.m. EST Thursday, according to Poweroutage.us. That number is nearly three times higher than what was reported around 5 a.m. EST Thursday. Some of the most extensive outages were in Brevard County, which is just north of where Nicole made landfall and home to cities such as Melbourne and the Kennedy Space Center. More than 87,000 customers in that county alone were without electricity.

16 hours ago

2 major weather events occurring in the US less than 1,500 miles apart

By Allison Finch, AccuWeather staff writer

Between the northern Plains and the Southeast, two very different weather events are occurring. As Tropical Storm Nicole continues to impact the Southeast, tropical storm warnings are in place across parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Temperatures are in the low to mid-70s across the Southeast while Nicole is dumping heavy rain and bringing gusty winds to the region. 

Nearly 1,130 miles to the northwest, a different storm is underway. Blizzard, ice storm, and winter storm warnings are in effect across parts of South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. Over the past 24 hours, more than 2 feet of snow has fallen in some areas of the Rockies. As snow continues to fall over both North and South Dakota, temperatures will remain well below freezing.

18 hours ago

Nicole’s November landfall was historic

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather senior editor

When Nicole made landfall on North Hutchinson Island Thursday morning, it became just the third hurricane on record to make landfall in Florida in the month of November, joining Hurricane Kate in 1985 and the 1935 “Yankee Hurricane,” which made landfall on Nov. 4, 1935, near Miami. 

In fact, according to Colorado State University Meteorologist Philip Klotzbach, Nicole is now the only storm in recorded history to make landfall on the state’s east coast after Nov. 4. Kate made landfall on Nov. 21, but along the Florida Panhandle near the town of Mexico Beach, Klotzbach noted. Kate is also the only hurricane on record to make landfall in the continental U.S. that late in an Atlantic hurricane season

18 hours ago

Nicole’s 1st tornado watch issued for parts of Florida, Georgia

By Allison Finch, AccuWeather staff writer

As Nicole continues to churn, a tornado watch has been issued from northeastern Florida to southeastern Georgia, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The watch is in effect from Flagler Beach, Florida, to Brunswick, Georgia, from 6 a.m. EST to 1 p.m. EST. A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch areas. Residents who live within the highlighted region should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and possible warnings.

18 hours ago

Nicole’s top winds reach over 70 mph

By Allison Finch, AccuWeather staff writer

Strong wind gusts accompanied Nicole as it made landfall and moved inland early Thursday morning. Playalinda Beach, Florida, and the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station are only a few miles apart from each other and both areas recorded wind gusts over 70 mph. Just a bit farther south, in Indialantic and Melbourne, wind gusts of 70 mph were recorded. At the Patrick Space Force Base, which is between Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and Melbourne, a wind gust of 67 mph was reported before daybreak on Thursday.

19 hours ago

‘It just never seems to end’: First Ian, now Floridians have Nicole to contend with

By Marianne Mizera, AccuWeather editor

Exasperated, hurricane-weary Floridians, still recovering in more ways than one from the damage wrought by Hurricane Ian just six weeks ago, expressed hopelessness at the prospect of yet another storm bearing down on their state. “It just never seems to end,” was how one Floridian aptly put it.

Al Roark, of Fort Pierce, said for some people Ian destroyed their homes with all of their possessions and had them starting from scratch. Nicole is just another swift blow for them. “I just talked to a buddy of mine, he just got back on the 20th of October back home (after Ian), took a couple days off, and here we go again, you know.” Geoffrey Bowling, of Fort Pierce, can’t get over the timing: “This is crazy to me. I never really thought I’d have to deal with a hurricane in November,” Bowling told AccuWeather’s Bill Wadell.

George Karamitos said his surf shop in Daytona Beach took a bit of a hit from Hurricane Ian, sustaining “several hundred dollars’ worth” of damage. “So many of us didn’t take Ian as seriously as we should have,” he told AccuWeather’s Jillian Angeline. Now, “we haven’t even gotten a chance to make the repairs yet” and Nicole is ready to strike with force.

John Zahradnik, of Seminole County, seemed to give in to Mother Nature’s unpredictability: “Where we stand now was rapids about four to five days after Ian, and now we’re, you know, faced with another storm, so…” he said disheartened.

Florida braces for Nicole’s arrival

Nicole is nearing the coast of Florida as people prepare themselves for the storm’s impact.

19 hours ago

Power outages increasing across Florida

By Allison Finch, AccuWeather staff writer

Gusty winds and heavy rain contributed to numerous power outages and damage across Melbourne Beach, Florida, late Wednesday into early Thursday. Video from storm chaser Brandon Clement showed traffic lights being tossed around in the gusty winds. The wind picked up one traffic light, which was connected to the rest with just a wire, before it slammed back onto the pavement. 

Street lights across the city could be seen flickering as the wind continued to impact the region. Brevard County, Florida, which is home to Melbourne Beach and the Space Coast, accounted for the majority of power outages for the state as of 4:30 a.m, according to PowerOutages.US. Out of the more than 82,400 customers without power across the Sunshine State, nearly half of them reside in Brevard County.

(Brandon Clement)

20 hours ago

Nicole becomes a tropical storm once again

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather senior editor

About one hour after making landfall, Nicole lost wind intensity as it moved over east-central Florida and forecasters said the system had become a tropical storm as of 4 a.m. ESTNicole was located about 24 miles northwest of Vero Beach, Florida, and 60 miles southeast of Orlando. It remained a strong tropical system, as its maximum sustained winds were 70 mph. Nicole is moving quickly inland, as it is headed to the west-northwest at a speed of 14 mph. A number of dangerous impacts remain possible from Nicole even though it is not a hurricane any longer, AccuWeather forecasters warn.

21 hours ago

Winds approaching safety threshold at NASA launch pad

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather staff writer

NASA is closely monitoring the weather conditions at the Kennedy Space Center as the wind gusts from Nicole could reach the safety limit for the 322-foot tall Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The rocket is staying on the launch pad throughout Nicole with a tentative launch date of Wednesday, Nov. 16, as long as the storm does not damage the rocket. The SLS was designed to withstand wind gusts up to 85 mph, and as of 3 a.m. EST, the highest wind gust at the launch pad was clocked at 81 mph, according to a weather station on the launch pad operated by NOAA.

21 hours ago

Hurricane Nicole crashes ashore Florida coast south of Vero Beach

By Adriana Navarro, AccuWeather staff writer

Hurricane Nicole crashed ashore at North Hutchinson Island, Florida, just south of Vero Beach, as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph around 3 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm continued moving west-northwestward at a pace of 14 mph.

“Radar imagery from Miami and Melbourne shows the center of Nicole has made landfall on the east coast of the Florida peninsula on North Hutchinson Island just south of Vero Beach,” the NHC said in a 3 a.m. update on Thursday.

HURRICANE NICOLE eye wall: Medium size tree down in eye wall of Hurricane Nicole in Satellite Beach, Florida. Winds gusting over 75 mph especially funneling through the buildings. No storm surge evident yet here on barrier @accuweather pic.twitter.com/nJenijKGZn— Reed Timmer, PhD (@ReedTimmerAccu) November 10, 2022

22 hours ago

Pier washes away in Melbourne Beach

By Thomas Leffler, AccuWeather staff writer

With the landfall of Hurricane Nicole at hand, the Category 1 storm’s impacts are already being felt along the Florida coastline. In Melbourne Beach, high tide has already washed away part of a pier, where Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer and storm chasing partner Vince Waelti had set up a storm surge probe. The high tide problems continue for Florida beaches, with strong onshore flow going strong into the early Thursday hours. Melbourne Beach was dealing with the northern eye wall of the storm heading into overnight, with intense winds viciously whipping up rainfall in the city.

22 hours ago

Flight cancellations in abundance in advance of Nicole

By Thomas Leffler, AccuWeather staff writer

Hurricane Nicole severely hindered travel not just in Florida, but throughout the entire United States Wednesday. According to FlightAware, which tracks flight cancellations and delays, there have been 1,199 canceled flights within, into or out of the U.S. Wednesday. Orlando International Airport has the most cancellations as both an origin airport (442 flights canceled) and a destination airport (408 flights canceled). Tampa and Jacksonville International Airports also have had to cancel 38 and 35 origin flights, respectively.

23 hours ago

Florida power outages eclipse 38,000

By Adriana Navarro, AccuWeather staff writer

Power outages began to mount during the early hours of Thursday morning, the number of customers without electricity eclipsing 38,000 just before 2 a.m., local time, according to PowerOutage.US. The outages were concentrated along the Florida south-central coast from Brevard to Palm Beach County. The latter had the greatest count of outages at around 8,000 customers without power.

23 hours ago

60 mph winds reach Florida coast

By Adriana Navarro, AccuWeather staff writer

While Nicole is still miles offshore, its wind field has already reached parts of the Florida coast. A wind gust of 62 mph was recorded at a WeatherSTEM station near Stuart Beach, Florida, with a sustained wind of 47 mph, according to a midnight update from the National Hurricane Center. At Sebastian Inlet, Florida, a weather station reported a sustained wind of 48 mph with a wind gust of 66 mph. Hurricane-force winds are expected to arrive later tonight.

23 hours ago

Hurricane Nicole begins making landfall

By Adriana Navarro, AccuWeather staff writer

Nicole began to make landfall along the Florida coast near Port St. Lucie around 1 a.m., local time, as a Category 1 hurricane. However, the storm will continue to track to the northwest as the eyewall continues to trudge ashore. The storm’s official landfall is likely to be between Fort Pierce and Vero Beach.

“When the outer edge of the eyewall starts to make its way inland, we consider the storm has begun the process of making landfall,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Mary Gilbert said. “In the case of Nicole, since its eyewall is so large, it’s going to take a significant amount of time for it to actually make landfall.” The storm’s official landfall will occur when the center of the eyewall is over land.

“Nicole’s eyewall is estimated to be about 60-80 miles in diameter, which is quite large, especially for a hurricane,” Gilbert added. “Typically, the eyewall of a hurricane is about 20-40 miles in diameter.” 

1 day ago

The nighttime dangers from Hurricane Nicole

By Adriana Navarro, AccuWeather staff writer

If you and your family were unable to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Nicole, here’s what you need to know to stay safe during the nighttime hours. Hurricane shelters have opened across southeast Florida for those uneasy about weathering the storm in their home, though anyone planning on hunkering down in one of these shelters should arrive before storm surge starts to inundate streets. Driving through floodwaters can be deadly, especially in fast-moving water.

The hurricane will also present a tornado threat tonight into Thursday morning. “I do expect that slug of convection on the north side of this system to gradually come ashore, bringing with it that tornado threat, and the tornado threat is going to continue tomorrow as well across eastern Georgia, eastern South Carolina,” Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer warned, adding the worst of the conditions would be north of the center of the storm. One of the simplest ways to prepare for nighttime tornadoes is to install the free AccuWeather app on a smartphone and ensure that push notifications are turned on and the volume is turned up. It’s also advised to make sure all cellphones and other weather notification devices, like a NOAA weather radio, are fully charged and your shelter is fully stocked with food and water.

1 day ago

Winds intensifying as Nicole barrels along

By Marianne Mizera, AccuWeather editor

The winds are picking up and continue to gradually intensify along Florida’s east coast as the outer bands of Hurricane Nicole strike closer by the hour. Reporting live Wednesday night from Jacksonville, AccuWeather’s Tony Laubach said the winds have “slowly but steadily gotten stronger” as Nicole churned at 75 miles east-northeast of West Palm Beach at a speed of 75 mph. “It’s been the wind that’s been the constant force,” Laubach said as wind and rain pelted him. “If you stood with your feet together, it could probably blow you over.”

#HurricaneNicole outer bands coming through S. Hutchinson Island. #Nicole #Weathercloud @weatherchannel @TCPalm @WPTV pic.twitter.com/Lb5gr5iUaH— Coastal Property Mgt (@CoastalPropMgt) November 10, 2022

So far, wind gusts topped 68 mph in places like Stuart, Florida, and slightly lower at Cape Canaveral. Daytona Beach clocked wind gusts of 61 mph.

Powerful winds picking up ahead of Nicole’s landfall

AccuWeather’s Tony Laubach reported live on Wednesday evening, highlighting the sheer size of Hurricane Nicole as it brought tropical storm-force winds more than a hundred miles away.

1 day ago

AccuWeather staff continues Nicole coverage from Florida

By Thomas Leffler, AccuWeather staff writer

The Atlantic hurricane season has been an enduring one for the AccuWeather staff, as the network’s crew of reporters has once again been called into action in Florida for Hurricane NicoleAccuWeather National Reporter Bill Wadell and Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer are stationed at Port St. Lucie, while farther up the coast, AccuWeather National Reporter Jillian Angeline has been working from Daytona BeachAccuWeather also has reporters in two of the state’s largest hubs, with AccuWeather Correspondent Leslie Hudson stationed in Orlando and Meteorologist Tony Laubach working out of Jacksonville.

1 day ago

Nicole forecast to make landfall early Thursday

By Thomas Leffler, AccuWeather staff writer

Hurricane Nicole’s landfall in Florida is still on path for the early hours of Thursday morning, forecast to hit the state’s east coast. As of 10 p.m. EST, the storm was about 75 miles east-northeast of West Palm Beach, sustaining maximum winds of 75 mph. AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski stated that Nicole continues to work in a west-northwest direction towards the Florida coast Wednesday evening, with the unsteady storm alternating between surging forward and slowing down.

“Overall, this wobbly motion will bring the center of Nicole to Florida’s east coast roughly between Port St. Lucie and Vero Beach between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. early Thursday morning,” Kottlowski said. “However, already tropical-storm-force winds and a rising storm surge are building along the Florida coast from the Palm Beaches northward along the coast.” The timing of when the center of the storm hits, Kottlowski noted, is not critical due to the size of the storm and the large wind field that leads to dangerous storm surge and damaging waves.

1 day ago

Tampa continues preparations for Nicole landfall

By Thomas Leffler, AccuWeather staff writer

One of Florida’s largest cities is making preparations for Nicole’s landfall. In the city of Tampa, Mayor Jane Castor held a press conference Wednesday afternoon, stating that city offices will be closed on Thursday due to expected impacts of the storm. Castor stated that rain will begin in the city during the afternoon hours, and that the full force of Nicole will hit the city early Thursday afternoon.

“We want everyone to be aware that while we don’t expect widespread damage from the wind and the rain, we still have to be very cognizant of [downed] branches, downed power lines, the possibility of flooded streets,” Castor said. “We’re doing everything that we can … everything that we need to do on our checklist prior to having a storm of this magnitude come through our community.” City officials also stated that residents should prepare their properties by securing patio furniture, plants, and other items that could possibly become projectiles during Nicole.

1 day ago

Beach erosion has homes hanging on the edge in Port Orange

By Thomas Leffler, AccuWeather staff writer1/28

A resident walks along her flooded street following the passage of Hurricane Nicole, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, in Vero Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

With Hurricane Nicole barreling towards Florida Wednesday, beach erosion has made its impact felt in several locations throughout the state, including in Port Orange. A video by Krista Goodrich shows homes along the Port Orange shoreline hanging on the edge, as the backyards of the buildings disappear due to the erosion. The erosion has also claimed damage in nearby Daytona Beach, as chunks of asphalt from a local Holiday Inn Express fell onto the beach.

Beach homes threatened by erosion

Homes along this shoreline in Port Orange, Florida, hang at the edge as the backyards of these buildings disappear from beach erosion on Nov. 9, with Nicole barreling towards the area.

1 day ago

Conditions begin to deteriorate at Satellite Beach

By Adriana Navarro, AccuWeather staff writer

Winds from Hurricane Nicole were beginning to ramp up across Satellite Beach, Florida, just to the south of Cape Canaveral Wednesday evening, Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer reported. By 9 p.m. EST, storm surge was already beginning to creep up the shore, especially with the onset of the high tide. The worst of the storm will be north of the center, Timmer warned, adding that that’s where the significant storm surge will happen along with the tornado threat with a majority of the convection moving from east to west off the ocean. “We do expect conditions to deteriorate rapidly over the next several hours,” Timmer said, shouting over the roaring wind, “though the hour is starting to get bad already out here on Satellite Beach.”

Live update ahead of Hurricane Nicole with coastal erosion at high tide on Satellite Beach, FL! Landfall expected in 4-5 hours. Conditions deteriorating. LIVE stream: https://t.co/x9wIKPZu6Y @accuweather pic.twitter.com/HTMAspjQpa— Reed Timmer, PhD (@ReedTimmerAccu) November 10, 2022

1 day ago

Classes canceled on university campuses

By Marianne Mizera, AccuWeather editor

Colleges and universities across Florida are canceling classes for Thursday due to Hurricane Nicole. Florida State University, the University of Florida, University of North Florida and the University of Central Florida all announced that “out of an abundance of caution,” classes and events are being canceled and that only essential personnel would need to report to work.

The University of South Florida said it was transitioning to remote classes on Thursday. All of the schools are closed on Friday in observance of Veterans Day.

1 day ago

‘Crazy, crazy’: People out in rough Florida waters despite warnings

By Marianne Mizera, AccuWeather editor

The rough waters and powerful winds haven’t stopped Floridians from taking last-minute walks on the beach and even testing Mother Nature on a jet ski before Nicole unleashes her full fury on the state’s eastern shoreline.

AccuWeather National Reporter Bill Wadell was in St. Lucie County, where authorities said conditions were fast deteriorating and that people “really need to get home.” Yet despite the dire warnings, people were seen riding bikes and taking spins on a jet ski amid the drenching rain and surging waves just before nightfall. Some residents shook their heads at the sight: “Crazy, crazy, crazy,” remarked Al Roark of Fort Pierce after seeing two people on a jet ski. “I just hope they’re okay. I don’t want the Coast Guard to be looking for this guy tomorrow you know. … I just don’t understand it at all.” Just to the south in Stuart, some were seen fishing just as crashing waves were taking out piers and docks. Police were patrolling the shoreline, making sure beaches and piers were empty, even cordoning off areas.

Safety concerns as Nicole barrels toward Florida

AccuWeather’s Bill Wadell was in St. Lucie, Florida, on Nov. 9, where he shows the safety concerns in line as Nicole is expected to make landfall as a category 1 hurricane.

1 day ago

Heavy wind gusts continue to pound Florida

By Thomas Leffler, AccuWeather staff writer

Tropical-storm-force winds have continued to hit Florida Wednesday in advance of Nicole’s landfall on the state. As of the early evening hours, the highest recorded wind gust in the state was reported in Stuart Beach (68 mph), with other high gusts recorded in Cape Canaveral (66 mph) and Daytona Beach (61 mph). Strong winds could bring down trees and cause power outages in the state, particularly in areas that experience flooding since Hurricane Ian, as the waterlogged ground will make trees more susceptible to being blown over. According to PowerOutage.US, 11,731 power outages were reported in Florida as of 6:44 p.m. EST.

In the Bahamas, where Nicole passed through earlier Wednesday en route to the mainland United States, wind gusts of 64 mph and 63 mph were recorded in Elbow Cay and Bakers Bay, respectively.

1 day ago

Authorities close bridges to Florida’s barrier islands

By Marianne Mizera, AccuWeather editor

Authorities have shut off access to several bridges that connect to Florida’s barrier islands. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said it was forbidding access “due to deteriorating conditions” and closed the bridges Wednesday afternoon. Earlier in the day, officials blocked off shoreline roads like Indian River Drive near Jensen Beach as high waves surged over the seawall.

Deputies in St. Lucie County have blocked off Indian River Drive near Jensen Beach as waves overtop the seawall. Officials are urging people to stay home, listen to evacuation recommendations and do not drive around barricades! #nicole @breakingweather @accuweather #FLwx pic.twitter.com/yeEO0QVAVw— Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) November 9, 2022

1 day ago

Storm surges over 2 feet reported in several Florida locations

By Thomas Leffler, AccuWeather staff writer1/28

A resident walks along her flooded street following the passage of Hurricane Nicole, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, in Vero Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Storm surge is one of the key concerns during tropical storms, with Nicole already producing high surges in several Florida locations. At Fernandina Beach, the storm surge level as of Wednesday afternoon was 2.67 feet. Other top surges reported Wednesday included high water levels at Port Canaveral (2.45 feet), Mayport (2.39 feet) and Dames Point (2.27)A peak storm surge of 3-6 feet is expected during Nicole along most of the Florida coast, as well as the Georgia coast. Storm surge was a massive factor in the destruction caused by Hurricane Ian in the state, including a 10-15 feet peak high water level at Fort Myers Beach.

1 day ago

Nicole strengthens into Category 1 hurricane

By Thomas Leffler, AccuWeather staff writer

Nicole has been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane after spending several days as a Tropical Storm on its path to the mainland United States. The storm was labeled a Category 1 hurricane at 6 p.m. EST and is forecasted to make landfall along Florida’s east coast early Thursday morning. AccuWeather forecasters have rated Nicole a 1 on the AccuWeather RealImpact™ Scale for Hurricanes due to factors such as damaging storm surge, high winds and flooding rainfall. 

A satellite image of Nicole at 6 p.m. EST Wednesday as it was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane. (AccuWeather)

1 day ago

Florida power outages building, now approaching 10,000

By Thomas Leffler, AccuWeather staff writer

Power outages have begun to impact Floridians in advance of Nicole’s landfall. As of 5:14 p.m. EST, 9,992 customers were without service across the state according to PowerOutage.US, with the main concentrations being in the eastern coastline’s Brevard County (2,830 outages) and the western coastline’s Charlotte County (2,030 outages). There will be 16,000 workers available to restore power, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a Wednesday news conference in Tallahassee.

A red flag, signaling high surf and strong currents, flies in strong wind on the beach in Palm Beach, Florida. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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