Quick Telecast
Expect News First

Hurricane Nicole downgraded as it batters Florida

0 35


play

More than 200,000 homes and businesses across Florida’s central east coast were without power Thursday as Hurricane Nicole, downgraded to a tropical storm, slammed the region with powerful winds and heavy rain.  

The storm, which made landfall south of Vero Beach on Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane, was centered about 30 miles southwest of Orlando at 7 a.m. local time. The National Hurricane Center warned that Nicole would bring heavy downpours, strong winds, dangerous storm surge and flooding across a swath of the Southeast over the next couple days.

“This is a life-threatening situation,” wrote Jack Beven, a senior hurricane specialist at the hurricane center. People in the region, he said, “should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions.”

Nicole – a large system with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 450 miles – was moving west-northwest at 14 mph, and forecasters predicted a turn toward the north. The center of Nicole was forecast to emerge over the far northeastern Gulf of Mexico later Thursday. The storm was forecast to then move across the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and the Carolinas into Friday, the National Hurricane Center said. Heavy rain could flood parts of the region.

New warnings and watches were issued for many parts of Florida, including the southwestern Gulf coastline that was devastated by Hurricane Ian when it slammed through as a Category 4 storm Sept. 28. Ian destroyed homes and damaged crops, including orange groves, across the state — damage that many are still dealing with.

Airports and theme parks have been shut down an a swath of evacuations included former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.

As a tropical storm, Nicole made its first landfall at 11:55 a.m. Wednesday on Great Abaco Island in the northwestern Bahamas. The storm was reported to have maximum sustained winds at 70 mph.

Officials in the Bahamas said that more than 860 people were in more than two dozen shelters. Extensive flooding, downed trees and power and water outages were reported in the archipelago’s northwest region.

Nicole strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday and struck Florida with sustained winds of 75 mph, the first hurricane to make landfall so late in the year on the east coast of Florida. 

In Florida, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet that storm surge from Nicole breached the sea wall along Indian River Drive, which runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean. The Martin County Sheriff’s office also said seawater had breached part of a road on Hutchinson Island.

Residents in several Florida counties — Flagler, Palm Beach, Martin, and Volusia — were ordered to evacuate such barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes. Volusia, home to Daytona Beach, imposed a curfew and warned that intercoastal bridges used by evacuees would close when winds reach 39 mph.

About 400 people checked in evacuation centers in Palm Beach County Wednesday. 

IS CLIMATE CHANGE FUELING MASSIVE HURRICANES IN THE ATLANTIC?: Here’s what science says.

Nicole is expected to affect most of Florida and portions of the southeast region of the U.S. Nicole’s center is forecast to move across central and northern Florida into southern Georgia on Thursday night then into the Carolinas on Friday.

Forecasters predicted tornadoes Wednesday night through Thursday across eastern Florida, southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. Heavy rainfall is the main concern and Nicole could trigger dangerous storm surge of up to 5 feet in areas along the Florida and Georgia coasts.

Several communities on Florida’s east coast were urged or ordered to evacuate. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that 15 shelters were being opened  along the state’s coast. 

DeSantis said the Florida National Guard has activated 600 guardsmen, in addition to seven urban search and rescue teams on standby.

President Joe Biden also approved federal emergency aid to 45 out of 67 Florida counties, along with the Miccosukee Tribe and Seminole Tribe.

IT CAN BE A DEADLY MISTAKE: Many people misunderstand this famous hurricane forecast graphic.

Category 1 hurricanes can produce some damage to homes, trees, and powerlines. DeSantis said Floridians should expect power outages. About 16,000 line workers are prepared for power restoration efforts.

At least half a dozen multi-story, coastal residential buildings in Daytona Beach Shores that were already damaged by Hurricane Ian are being threatened by Nicole, according to local officials.

Wind gusts north of Nicole’s eye between 60 to 80 mph will occur, with gusts close to 100 mph possible, according to AccuWeather. Damages to structures can occur under these conditions and sporadic power outages can occur hundreds of miles away from where Nicole’s center makes landfall.

Hurricane Nicole tracker

Contributing: The Associated Press


play

More than 200,000 homes and businesses across Florida’s central east coast were without power Thursday as Hurricane Nicole, downgraded to a tropical storm, slammed the region with powerful winds and heavy rain.  

The storm, which made landfall south of Vero Beach on Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane, was centered about 30 miles southwest of Orlando at 7 a.m. local time. The National Hurricane Center warned that Nicole would bring heavy downpours, strong winds, dangerous storm surge and flooding across a swath of the Southeast over the next couple days.

“This is a life-threatening situation,” wrote Jack Beven, a senior hurricane specialist at the hurricane center. People in the region, he said, “should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions.”

Nicole – a large system with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 450 miles – was moving west-northwest at 14 mph, and forecasters predicted a turn toward the north. The center of Nicole was forecast to emerge over the far northeastern Gulf of Mexico later Thursday. The storm was forecast to then move across the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and the Carolinas into Friday, the National Hurricane Center said. Heavy rain could flood parts of the region.

New warnings and watches were issued for many parts of Florida, including the southwestern Gulf coastline that was devastated by Hurricane Ian when it slammed through as a Category 4 storm Sept. 28. Ian destroyed homes and damaged crops, including orange groves, across the state — damage that many are still dealing with.

Airports and theme parks have been shut down an a swath of evacuations included former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.

As a tropical storm, Nicole made its first landfall at 11:55 a.m. Wednesday on Great Abaco Island in the northwestern Bahamas. The storm was reported to have maximum sustained winds at 70 mph.

Officials in the Bahamas said that more than 860 people were in more than two dozen shelters. Extensive flooding, downed trees and power and water outages were reported in the archipelago’s northwest region.

Nicole strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday and struck Florida with sustained winds of 75 mph, the first hurricane to make landfall so late in the year on the east coast of Florida. 

In Florida, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet that storm surge from Nicole breached the sea wall along Indian River Drive, which runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean. The Martin County Sheriff’s office also said seawater had breached part of a road on Hutchinson Island.

Residents in several Florida counties — Flagler, Palm Beach, Martin, and Volusia — were ordered to evacuate such barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes. Volusia, home to Daytona Beach, imposed a curfew and warned that intercoastal bridges used by evacuees would close when winds reach 39 mph.

About 400 people checked in evacuation centers in Palm Beach County Wednesday. 

IS CLIMATE CHANGE FUELING MASSIVE HURRICANES IN THE ATLANTIC?: Here’s what science says.

Nicole is expected to affect most of Florida and portions of the southeast region of the U.S. Nicole’s center is forecast to move across central and northern Florida into southern Georgia on Thursday night then into the Carolinas on Friday.

Forecasters predicted tornadoes Wednesday night through Thursday across eastern Florida, southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. Heavy rainfall is the main concern and Nicole could trigger dangerous storm surge of up to 5 feet in areas along the Florida and Georgia coasts.

Several communities on Florida’s east coast were urged or ordered to evacuate. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that 15 shelters were being opened  along the state’s coast. 

DeSantis said the Florida National Guard has activated 600 guardsmen, in addition to seven urban search and rescue teams on standby.

President Joe Biden also approved federal emergency aid to 45 out of 67 Florida counties, along with the Miccosukee Tribe and Seminole Tribe.

IT CAN BE A DEADLY MISTAKE: Many people misunderstand this famous hurricane forecast graphic.

Category 1 hurricanes can produce some damage to homes, trees, and powerlines. DeSantis said Floridians should expect power outages. About 16,000 line workers are prepared for power restoration efforts.

At least half a dozen multi-story, coastal residential buildings in Daytona Beach Shores that were already damaged by Hurricane Ian are being threatened by Nicole, according to local officials.

Wind gusts north of Nicole’s eye between 60 to 80 mph will occur, with gusts close to 100 mph possible, according to AccuWeather. Damages to structures can occur under these conditions and sporadic power outages can occur hundreds of miles away from where Nicole’s center makes landfall.

Hurricane Nicole tracker

Contributing: The Associated Press

FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! Quick Telecast is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Leave a comment
buy kamagra buy kamagra online
Ads Blocker Image Powered by Code Help Pro

Ads Blocker Detected!!!

We have detected that you are using extensions to block ads. Please support us by disabling these ads blocker.

Powered By
Best Wordpress Adblock Detecting Plugin | CHP Adblock