Florida resumes after Nicole kills at least 5 and leaves 'unprecedented' damage to Daytona-area coastline |  CNN

Florida resumes after Nicole kills at least 5 and leaves ‘unprecedented’ damage to Daytona-area coastline | CNN


As Nicole threatens the Carolinas and Virginia on Friday with tornadoes and flooding, Floridians — many of whom are still recovering from Hurricane Ian — are picking up the pieces after this week’s storm killed at least five people and destroyed buildings. buildings with its dangerous storm surge and strong winds.

In Volusia County, Florida, at least 49 beachfront properties, including hotels and condos, have been deemed ‘unsafe’ following Nicole, which hit Florida’s east coast south of Vero Beach as a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday before weakening into a tropical storm and now a depression.

“The structural damage along our coastline is unprecedented,” Volusia County Executive George Recktenwald said at a news conference, adding that more buildings will likely be identified as compromised.

As Nicole turns to the northeast, a tornado watch is in effect for parts of northeastern North Carolina, central, eastern and southeastern Virginia through 18 hours Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

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As the storm – the first hurricane to hit the United States in November in nearly 40 years – rolled into Florida, coastal buildings battered by Ian were further compromised by coastal erosion. Deputies went door to door on Wednesday to evacuate residents from structurally unsanitary buildings in Volusia County before Nicole arrived.

In Wilbur-By-The-Sea — a barrier island community off Daytona Beach — 22 homes were evacuated in advance after authorities deemed them unsafe.

Then, in the middle of Nicole, some seaside houses collapsed into the ocean.

Homes are partially toppled Thursday on Daytona Beach, Florida after Hurricane Nicole made landfall.

Trip Valigorsky unlocked the front door of his house to see a gaping hole leading to crashing ocean waves where his living room once stood. Pointing to where the TV and sofa were, he told CNN affiliate WKMG he was in shock.

“I was here Tuesday night and kind of saw the wall deteriorating, and then I woke up Wednesday morning and the wall was completely gone, so I started evacuating,” Valigorsky said. “And now here we are.”

Nicole also pushed a huge volume of water ashore, tearing up the infrastructure already strained by Ian.

The storm surge peaked Thursday morning at around 6ft, sending seawater surging through the streets. A weaker surge also pushed ashore above the exceptionally high tides associated with this week’s full moon, keeping water levels high for longer.

Homes nearly hung from cliffs and hotels in Daytona Beach collapsed into the ocean in the aftermath of the storm, drone video showed.

“The devastation is almost impossible to comprehend. Imagine your house collapsing into the ocean,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. tweeted.

Nicole is weakening as she passes Georgia and heads into the Carolinas, but she still poses dangers, said CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen.

The tornado watch in effect Friday covers about 4.2 million people, including Virginia Beach and areas just south of Washington, DC.

Isolated damaging wind gusts to 70 mph are also possible and more than 12 million people are under wind alert from Georgia to the Carolinas.

Up to 4 inches of rain is likely over the weekend in cities like Jacksonville, Florida; Roanoke, Virginia; Pittsburgh; and Syracuse, New York, according to CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam.

The system is expected to dissipate Friday night merging with a frontal boundary over the eastern United States.

As the remnants of Nicole race north Friday through Saturday, its tropical moisture will be picked up by a separate cold front, which has brought blizzard conditions to the northern plains, Van Dam said.

Heavy rain and gusty winds over 30 mph will make travel along the Interstate 95 corridor difficult. Meanwhile, air travel will likely be halted at many East Coast airports as the storm moves on.

As the colossal storm approached Florida, schools and universities closed, hundreds of flights were canceled, airports halted operations and some coastal residents were evacuated.

After Nicole passed, streets were flooded, roads and homes were damaged, and thousands of people were left without power. More than 300,000 customers in Florida were affected by outages earlier; the number had fallen by late Friday morning to around 14,000, according to PowerOutage.us.

Two people have died after being “electrocuted by a downed power line” in Orange County, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. Two additional deaths are being investigated as possibly storm-related following a fatal car crash, according to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

A 68-year-old Port Canaveral man who was on a yacht early Thursday morning as it was “battered by the waves and the dock” was also killed, the Cocoa Police Department said. After his wife called 911 to report her husband was in distress, rescuers took the couple to hospital. He was later pronounced dead, police said, adding that the cause of death was yet to be determined.

Downed power lines in flooded streets are among a host of hazards residents must navigate in the hurricane’s wake as they return home, and crews are working to clear debris from roads and carry out repairs. emergency on washed out roads.

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