(Vero Beach) Tropical Storm Nicole tossed several homes into the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday.
It also threatened tall condominium towers where the hurricane Ian took away seawalls and other protection just a few weeks ago.
“Several coastal homes in Wilbur-by-the-Sea have collapsed and many other properties are at risk,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood warned on social media.
In the Daytona Beach area, all bridges leading to the beach have been closed except for essential personnel, and a curfew is in effect, he said.
In Daytona Beach Shores, several high-rise buildings along the hurricane-devastated beach Ian had been evacuated before the arrival of Nicole since their longitudinal structure collapsed.
The tropical storm Nicole covers almost all of Florida, in addition to touching Georgia and the Carolinas. In some directions, winds with the strength of a tropical storm are felt about 720 kilometers from the center.
Officials had warned that the storm surge from Nicole could further erode beaches hit by Hurricane Ian in September.
Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach as a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday morning. Authorities had closed airports and amusement parks, in addition to ordering evacuations in areas including former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
By mid-morning on Thursday, winds from Nicole were blowing at 85 kilometers per hour. The storm was located between Tampa and Orlando, and it was sliding west-northwest at about 25 kilometers per hour.
Nicole could dump up to 15 centimeters of rain on the Blue Ridge Mountains by Friday. Flooding and flooding are possible. Heavy rainfall is expected through Saturday in the eastern Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic region and New England.
Nicole had turned into a hurricane on Wednesday evening before hitting the Bahamas. It’s only the third hurricane to sweep Florida in November since records began being compiled in 1853.
An emergency declaration was in effect in 45 of Florida’s 67 counties.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that some 335,000 customers are without power in Tallahassee, or about 3% of the state’s total.
About 20 school boards decided to close their doors and 15 emergency shelters were available to the population along the east coast of Florida.