Tropical Depression Nicole it was going north into Georgia on Friday, the sun after hitting Florida as a Category 1 hurricane that caused chaos and knocked out power to homes and businesses.
The storm, which made landfall at 3 a.m. Thursday south of Vero Beach — about 88 miles north of West Palm Beach — they left about three people dead.
Two people in the Orlando area died after being electrocuted when they touched power lines, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. A 68-year-old man from Cocoa, Florida, also died later the waves hit his yacht at the station, police said. And two die in a car accident as well as Florida’s Turnpike may be connected to the storm, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said.
The storm could drop between 6 and 8 inches of rain over the Blue Ridge Mountains on Friday, the National Hurricane Center said. Flashing and urban flooding will be possible as rain falls over the eastern Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic and New England through Saturday.
Meanwhile, about 39,000 homes and businesses were still without power in Florida as of Friday morning, according to utility tracker Poweroutage.us.
HAS IT EVER HAPPENED?:The US was hit by a double hurricane and a tornado
‘PRE-BUY POSSIBLE’ DISCLAIMER:Florida houses fall into the Atlantic Ocean
Where is Tropical Depression Nicole?
It weakened to tropical depression Thursday is over near the Florida-Georgia border, according to the National Hurricane Center. Here it is Latest update from NHC as of 10 am Friday:
- Location: 35 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia
- Maximum wind speed: 30 mph
- Direction: north-northeast at 23 mph
According to the forecast, center Nicole will move across central and northern Georgia on Friday morning and the western Carolinas later today. Nicole is expected to become a tropical storm later Friday, then dissipate late tonight or early Saturday as it joins a frontal system over the eastern United States.
Rain and storms are possible as Nicole moves north
Air blast: Flood-related flooding will continue to occur along parts of the southern Georgia and Florida Gulf coasts and the east coast, including the St. Louis River. Johns.
Rain and floods: Nicole is expected to produce the following rainfall amounts through Saturday:
- Parts of the Southeast, south-central Appalachians, central and eastern parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio: 2 to 4 inches with local totals of 6 to 8 inches along the Blue Ridge.
- Southern Mid-Atlantic in New England: 1 to 3 inches.
- Minor flooding will be possible across the Appalachian, upper Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and New England regions through Saturday.
Tornado: A few tornadoes are possible this morning in eastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina. The National Weather Service issued several tornado watches and warnings Friday morning for parts of the the Carolinas and Virginia. The threat will continue to move north across central and eastern North Carolina into southern and eastern Virginia today.
He kills Nicole and destroys the coastal villages
About 49 miles northeast of Orlando, Nicole’s anger caused a breakdown of several beach houses in the Wilbur-by-the-Sea and Daytona Beach areas, according to Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.
The sight of about seven damaged houses near the coast of Highway A1A brought tears to Krista Dowling Goodrich. Goodrich, who manages 130 rental properties, saw the “shocking” after the yard crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly before the storm.
“Half the house is gone,” Goodrich said, referring to the home that had lost two bedrooms and most of its living room. The inscriptions “Blessed” and “Grateful” were hung on the wall that had fallen slightly. “These are hardworking people who got to this point in their lives, and now they’ve lost it.”
Volusia County Manager George Recktenwald said the vandalism was unprecedented. “We have never seen anything like this,” he said.
County officials declared 24 hotels and condos in Daytona Beach Shores and New Smyrna Beach unsafe and ordered evacuations. Officials said it was unclear when people would return to them.
Condo storage photos in Daytona Beach Shores capture the Nicole-induced storm surge while the newly rebuilt beach front was destroyed by Hurricane Ian in September.
“The problem is we don’t have a beach anymore,” said Connie Hale Gellner, whose family owns a unit at the Marbella condominiums. “Even if we want to rebuild, they will probably condemn this building because the water is just overflowing on this building.”
Nicole leaves historic homes flooded
As the tropical storm approached Florida’s Treasure Coast on Wednesday, Terry L. Howard stayed up late into the night worrying about the two historic homes he owns at the southeast corner of Indian River Drive and Chamberlin Boulevard. The houses were built in the late 1920s.
“The water was in front of our house,” said Howard. “Our house was part of the river last night.”
About 15 homes were flooded with three to five feet of standing water Thursday, according to a spokesman for St. Lucie County Eric Gill. The water was rising and getting closer to the houses with all the high waves combined with the storm. Read more here.
Distribution: Laurie K. Blandford, Treasure Coast Newspapers; The Associated Press