Hurricane Nicole Strikes Florida And Leaves 2 Dead

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Nicole, a tropical storm, was moving northwest at 15 mph and was expected to dump 8 inches of rain on parts of Florida and the US southeast. It damaged beaches in Florida and left at least two people dead.

High winds were reported in the Tampa Bay region on the Gulf Coast, including 65 mph at Clearwater Beach and 54 mph at St. Petersburg’s Albert Whitted Airport.

Crews are working around the clock to repair sections of Florida State Road A1A damaged by waves that washed over the road. Teams at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center are also doing their own form of damage control. They are inspecting the Artemis moon rocket for damage after experiencing wind gusts in excess of 70 mph.

Even more significant high wind reports also include 80 mph gusts in Melbourne, 78 mph in Cocoa Beach and 75 mph in Cape Canaveral, and 70 mph in Daytona Beach.

Beaches are still inundated with high surf and littered with debris, especially in Volusia County, where erosion is eating away at oceanfront properties. Volusia County officials said 19 hotel or condominium buildings and 40 single-family homes have been compromised by erosion along the beaches.

During the storm, man’s sailboat broke loose from its anchor chains as Nicole churned the Indian River Lagoon off Cocoa Village. Deputies reached Shufelt in a motorized rubber boat despite the rough waves.

Krista Goodrich manages beachfront vacation homes in Wilbur-By-The-Sea, where several homes are being damaged as the beach below them washes away. Seven houses have fallen into the sea, according to Chitwood.

Authorities in Orange County, Florida, said a man and a woman died during the hurricane.  After coming in contact with a downed power line early Thursday, they both lost their lives.

Volusia County officials have declared a curfew and are housing 200 residents in county shelters. Roughly 23,000 customers are without power in the county. Officials in Indian River County and St. Lucie County are assessing damage and messaging cleanup plans.

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