Tropical Storm Nicole is currently moving through west-central Florida. Strong winds, dangerous storm surge, and heavy rain continue to pose a threat to residents.
After making landfall as a Category-1 hurricane on the east coast Sunshine State’s Sunshine State, the storm was weakened just south of Vero beach.
The National Weather Service for Florida and parts Georgia issued tornado advisories.
Melbourne’s office of the agency tweeted that warnings about storm surges were still in effect, and that there were numerous reports from “all coast counties” about erosion and flooding along coastal roads.
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The NWS issued tropical storm warnings in Tallahassee through Friday morning. Conditions are expected to worsen before improving.
The main threats include strong-to-tropical-storm-force winds and gusts, storm surge and heavy rain.
The region was expected to receive rains of between 2 and 3 inches, with some higher amounts.
Residents were also warned about coastal erosion, fallen trees and scattered power outages by the office.
According to PowerOutage.US, more than 36,000 customers were without power in Florida Thursday morning.
Fox 35 reported that several condos and hotels in Volusia County were at risk of falling into the ocean due to beach erosion.
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Residents of Daytona Beach were urged to evacuate before Nicole’s landfall.
45 of the 67 Florida counties were in a state or emergency.
President Biden also approved a emergency declaration to the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Some theme parks and airports were forced to close, and almost two dozen schools were closed by the storm.
According to the NWS Water Center, heavy rainfall of up 5 inches is expected in northern Florida Peninsula before Nicole becomes a tropical depression. Flash flooding and urban flooding are possible.
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The danger of storm surge is also present through Friday on the Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina coasts.
Heavy rainfall and flooding are expected to continue into Friday night for the central and southern Appalachians as well as the upper Ohio Valley.
Heavy rain could cause flooding in the Northeast’s northern mid-Atlantic regions on Saturday.
This report was contributed by the Associated Press.