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Tropical Depression Nicole path moves north to Georgia, Southeast

Tropical depression Nicole moved north into Georgia on Friday after hitting Florida as a Category 1 hurricane where it wreaked havoc and cut power to homes and businesses.

The storm, which made landfall south of Vero Beach at 3 a.m. Thursday — about 80 miles north of West Palm Beach — killed at least three people.

Two people in the Orlando area died after being electrocuted when they hit downed power lines, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. A 68-year-old man in Cocoa, Florida, also died after waves slammed his yacht against a dock, police said. And two killed in a car accident along Florida’s Turnpike were also likely related to the storm, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm could still dump between 6 and 8 inches of rain over the Blue Ridge Mountains on Friday. Flashy and urban flooding is possible as rain spreads across the eastern Ohio Valley, the Mid-Atlantic and New England through Saturday.

Meanwhile, about 35,000 Florida homes and businesses were still without power Friday morning. according to utility tracker


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Where is Tropical Depression Nicole?

It weakened into a tropical depression late thursday near the Florida-Georgia border, according to the National Hurricane Center. Here is the latest update from the NHC from Friday 10am:

  • Place: 35 miles north of Atlanta
  • Maximum wind speed: 30 mph
  • Direction: north-northeast at 23 mph

On the predicted track, Nicole’s center will move through central and northern Georgia Friday morning and the western Carolinas later in the day. Nicole is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone later Friday, then dissipate tonight or early Saturday as it merges with a frontal system over the eastern United States.

Rain and possible tornadoes as Nicole heads north

storm surge: Flood-related flooding will continue to retreat along parts of Georgia’s south coast and Florida’s Gulf and east coasts, including the St. Johns River.

Rain and floods: Nicole is expected to produce the following amounts of precipitation through Saturday:

  • Parts of Southeastern, Southern and Central Appalachians, central and eastern parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio: 2 to 4 inches with localized amounts of 6 to 8 inches along the Blue Ridge.
  • North Mid-Atlantic to New England: 1 to 3 inches.
  • Limited flooding will be possible through Saturday in parts of the Appalachians, the upper Ohio Valley, the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

Tornadoes: A few tornadoes are possible over eastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina this morning. The National Weather Service issued several tornado watches and warnings Friday morning for parts of the Carolinas

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and Virginia. The threat will continue to shift north across central and eastern North Carolina to southern and eastern Virginia through Friday.

Deadly Nicole knocks down houses on the coast

About 79 miles northeast of Orlando, Nicole’s Wrath contributed to the collapse from several seaside homes in the Wilbur-by-the-Sea and Daytona Beach areas, according to Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.

The sight of about seven damaged homes along the A1A coastal road brought Krista Dowling Goodrich to tears. Goodrich, who manages 130 rental properties in the region, witnessed the “overwhelming” aftermath of the Atlantic backyard collapse shortly before the storm’s arrival.

“Half the house is gone,” Goodrich said, referring to a house that was now missing two bedrooms and much of the living room. A partially collapsed wall hung decorations that read “Blessed” and “Grateful.” “These are hard-working people who have come to this point in their lives, and now they’ve lost everything.”

Volusia County Manager George Recktenwald said the destruction was unprecedented. “We’ve never experienced anything like this,” he says.

County officials declared 24 hotels and condos in Daytona Beach Shores and New Smyrna Beach unsafe and ordered evacuations. Officials said it was not clear when people could return to them.

Security footage of condos in Daytona Beach Shores captured a Nicole-induced storm surge that washed away a temporarily rebuilt seawall destroyed by Hurricane Ian in September.

“The problem is we don’t have a beach anymore,” said Connie Hale Gellner, whose family owns an apartment in the Marbella condominiums. “Even if we wanted to rebuild, they will probably condemn the building because the water just splashed against the building.”

Nicole leaves historic houses soggy

As the tropical storm approached Florida’s Treasure Coast on Wednesday, Terry L. Howard stayed up until midnight, worrying about the two historic homes he owns on the southeast corner of Indian River Drive and Chamberlin Boulevard. The houses were built in the late 1920s.

“The water was all in front of our house,” Howard said. “Our house was part of the river last night.”

About 15 homes were flooded Thursday with 3 to 5 feet of standing water, according to St. Lucie County spokesman Erick Gill. With each high tide combined with storm surge, rising water crept closer to homes. Read more here.

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Contributors: Laurie K. Blandford, Treasure Coast Newspapers; The Associated Press


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