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Hurricane Nicole hits the Florida coast

Hurricane Nicole: As hurricane Nicole pummels Florida, more than 300,000 homes and businesses are without electricity. Residents have been advised to stay inside as there are state of emergencies and evacuation orders in effect due to the forecasted storm surges and torrential rain.

Hurricane Nicole: Highlights

  • In Orange County in the middle of the state, two persons died after being electrocuted by a downed power line.
  • This size of a storm this late in the year is very uncommon.
  • The hurricane has battered the Bahamas as a powerful category 1 hurricane and triggered extensive flooding.
  • At 03:30 EST (08:00 GMT), Hurricane Nicole made landfall over the eastern coast of Florida with winds of up to 75 mph (120 km/h). Nicole has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves north-west over the Sunshine State, and these have somewhat weakened to about 60 mph.

Hurricane Nicole: All you need to know

  • Nicole’s tardy approach comes after a storm season that was comparatively peaceful; for the first time since 1997, no hurricanes or tropical storms developed in the Atlantic basin in August.
  • In Florida, hurricanes rarely occur in November. The Sunshine State has only experienced two hurricanes since records have been kept in 1853: 1935 and 1985.
  • Nicole struck Florida only a few weeks after Hurricane Ian, which killed over 140 people and damaged property worth $60 billion (£51 billion).
  • The unusual November hurricane—a Category 1 storm that made landfall south of Vero Beach —was situated about 105 miles to the north-northwest of Tampa.
  • The National Hurricane Center issued a warning for Nicole, predicting that during the next few days, flooding, severe storm surge, strong gusts, and heavy rains would affect a large area of the Southeast.

What is Hurricane Nicole?

Hurricane Nicole is a tropical storm that is moving into the Gulf of Mexico after passing through the Florida Peninsula. Nicole, the eighth hurricane and fourteenth named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, developed from a non-tropical region of low pressure in the Greater Antilles as a subtropical cyclone on November 7 and became a tropical cyclone the next day. The storm struck the Bahamas’ Grand Bahama and Great Abaco twice on November 9, where it intensified into a Category 1 hurricane. On November 10, it briefly crossed the Gulf of Mexico before making its third landfall in Florida close to Vero Beach and then close to Cedar Key.

Hurricane Nicole: Impact on the people of Florida

  • More than 600,000 homes and businesses have been left without electricity since the hurricane made landfall in the early hours.
  • Around half of these have had their electricity restored, while 308,000 still do not, according to service providers.
  • Over the next two days, as the storm moves northward toward Georgia and the Carolinas, it is anticipated to weaken even more.
  • Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York might even experience its remains.
  • Florida’s 22 million citizens were still under tropical storm, high wind, and storm surge warnings, as well as local hurricane advisories advising people to stay inside and avoid outside activities.
  • Four counties are subject to orders for mandatory evacuation, and 45 of the state’s 67 counties are in a state of emergency.
  • The NHC has issued flood warnings due to wind-driven waves surging inland into low-lying regions and has cautioned that strong gusts might bring down power lines and trees.
  • Twenty school districts have closed their facilities, fifteen emergency shelters have been opened, and 1,600 utility personnel are waiting to restore power.
  • Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort shuttered in preparation for Nicole’s arrival, while commercial aircraft have been halted at Orlando International Airport.

Hurricane Nicole: Impact on NASA Mission

  • Nicole’s arrival is also anticipated to cause additional disruption to a long-delayed Nasa rocket launch intended to move Americans closer to going back to the Moon.
  • The Artemis 1 mission had already been postponed until November 19, but there are worries that storm-related flying debris could harm the exposed rocket.

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