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Deadly Nicole erodes beaches in Florida, floods streets in South Carolina

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Nicole, which has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, has been lashing Florida with relentless wind, rain and waves as it moved inland across the state after making landfall early Thursday morning as a Category 1 hurricane. Nicole will have far-reaching impacts stretching into the Southeast and eventually the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

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10 P.M. UPDATE: Nicole downgraded to a tropical depression with winds of 35 mph

The National Hurricane Center says Nicole has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression.

In its 10 p.m. update, the National Hurricane Center said Tropical Depression Nicole had winds of 35 mph and was spinning off to the northwest at 15 mph.

The storm is currently located about 20 miles to the north of Tallahassee, Florida.

In addition, the National Hurricane Center said all tropical storm and storm surge warnings have been discontinued.

Watch the full report here.

Tropical Depression Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach, Florida, early Thursday morning as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph.

Since making landfall Nicole is responsible for at least 5 deaths and plunging hundreds of thousands of utility customers into darkness.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Additional death attributed to Tropical Storm Nicole; death toll now at 5

Officials said a Port Canaveral man died after being found unresponsive on his yacht that was docked at Wenner Park in Cocoa.

First responders were performing CPR while waves slammed against the yacht, causing it to float away.

The vessel was eventually brought closer to shore and the man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Nicole leaves path of destruction in Wilbur-By-The-Sea

FOX Weather meteorologist Katie Garner is in Wilbur-by-the-Sea, Florida, where piles of debris now litter the beach after Tropical Storm Nicole.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Look: Strong winds from Tropical Storm Nicole topple Christmas Tree in Altamonte Springs

The winds from Tropical Storm Nicole have brought down power lines and caused damage across Florida , and they're now being blamed for toppling a Christmas Tree.

FOX 35 Orlando reports the strong winds brought down the tree at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs.

Tropical Storm Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach early Thursday morning as a Category 1 hurricane.

At least 4 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands of people were left in the dark.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Dozens of hotels, condominium buildings deemed unsafe to enter in Volusia County

Drone footage from storm chaser Brandon Clement shows four homes torn apart by Tropical Storm Nicole's relentless surf.

The homes are just among several in Volusia County in danger of destruction from the surf.

County officials said 24 hotel and condominium buildings are now unsafe to enter – including 10 buildings that have 10 stories or more – while 25 homes in the Wilbur-By-The-Sea neighborhood are declared structurally unsafe.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Tropical Storm Nicole death toll rises to at least 4

Officials at the Orange County Sheriff's Office said two people were electrocuted by a downed power line early Thursday in Orlando.

Two other people died in a crash on Florida’s Turnpike in the county Thursday morning, according to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings at a news conference Thursday.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

7 P.M. UPDATE: Tropical Storm Nicole continues to weaken

Tropical Storm Nicole is continuing to weaken after making landfall on Florida’s east coast as a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday morning.

As of 7 p.m., Tropical Storm Nicole had winds of 40 mph and was about 40 miles to the southeast of Tallahassee, Florida.

Tropical Storm Nicole is moving off to the northwest at 15 mph.

Watch the full report here.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

NASA management says the Artemis rocket appears fine after experiencing Nicole's 100 mph winds

NASA defended its decision to leave the $4 billion moon rocket on the launchpad through Tropical Storm Nicole.

Now that the storm has passed NASA engineers will continue to inspect the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft for any damages.

NASA’s Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development Jim Free said images from the pad show "very minor damage such as loose caulk and tears in weather coverings."

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Tornado Watch in effect until 1 a.m. for areas of Georgia, the Carolinas

The National Weather Service has extended a Tornado Watch until 1 a.m. for some areas of Georgia and South Carolina, and now parts of North Carolina have been included.

Coastal areas in northeastern Georgia, including the Savannah area, are under a Tornado Watch.

In addition, the entire coastline of South Carolina is under a Tornado Watch, including areas from Beaufort to Myrtle Beach.

In North Carolina, the Tornado Watch includes the Wilmington area.

You can watch the full report here.

These watches are posted as Tropical Storm Nicole continues to spin its way across Florida and on a path that will bring it into the Southeast.

Tropical Storm Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach early Thursday morning and is so far responsible for at least 2 deaths.

In addition, hundreds of thousands of utility customers were in the dark as the storm moved through the region.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Power outage reports on the rise in South Carolina, Georgia

Tropical Storm Nicole slammed into the east coast of Florida as a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday morning near Vero Beach.

As the storm moved across the Sunshine State, hundreds of thousands of utility customers lost power.

And while crews have been making progress on getting people back online, power outage numbers are now starting to rise in South Carolina and Georgia.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Tropical Storm Nicole causes messy commute for Charleston, SC motorists

FOX Weather multimedia journalist Will Nunley is in Charleston, South Carolina, where flooding from Tropical Storm Nicole caused problems for commuters on Thursday.

Watch the full report here.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Limited commercial operations to resume at Orlando International Airport Thursday night

Orlando International Airport announced it will resume limited operations starting at 8 p.m. Thursday and will include domestic arrivals only.

Remaining international and domestic flight operations will resume on Friday.

Tropical Storm Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach early Thursday morning and is so far responsible for at least 2 deaths and plunged hundreds of thousands of utility customers in the dark.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Major beach erosion still ongoing in Volusia County

Volusia Beach Patrol Deputy Chief Tammy Malphurs says ‘nothing is safe on the beach’ due to storm surge from Tropical Storm Nicole and king tides.

Watch the report here.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Home collapses into the sea as Tropical Storm Nicole erodes Florida coastline

FOX Weather meteorologist Katie Garner was standing 10 feet away from the home when it collapsed.

"All I heard when I was over there about to film an Instagram video was the gutter kind of shudder a little bit," Garner described. "And then, the house just fell and hit the ground. It was not like a huge collision. It was just kind of jarring."

The home is located in the community of Wilbur-By-The-Sea, which sits just south of Daytona Beach.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Dramatic images show destruction in the Jacksonville area due to Tropical Storm Nicole

The Florida Highway Patrol in Jacksonville shared photos on social media showing the damage and destruction after Tropical Storm Nicole.

Tropical Storm Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach on Florida's east coast early Thursday morning as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph.

Tends of thousands of power outages have been reported across Florida, and at least 2 people have been killed.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

4 P.M. UPDATE: Tropical Storm Nicole hugging the coastline along Florida’s Big Bend region

Tropical Storm Nicole continues to hug the coastline of Florida after making landfall early Thursday morning as a Category 1 hurricane.

As of 4 p.m. Tropical Storm Nicole had winds of 45 mph and is located about 105 miles to the north-northwest of Tampa.

Nicole is currently moving off to the northwest at 15 mph.

The Tropical Storm Warning has been discontinued along Florida’s east coast south of the Flagler/Volusia county line, and along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina north of Altamaha Sound, Georgia.

The Tropical Storm Warning for Florida’s west coast has been discontinued south of Aripeka.

The Storm Surge Warning has been discontinued for Florida’s east coast south of the Flagler/Volusia county line.

The Storm Surge Watch has been discontinued from the South Santee River in South Carolina to the Altamaha Sound in Georgia and from the Ochlockonee River to Indian Pass in Florida.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Watch: Pools and decks in danger of collapse, palm tree falls into the ocean

Video from Dayton Beach shows a palm tree falling into the Atlantic Ocean while pools and decks from nearby homes are in danger of collapse after Tropical Storm Nicole.

Tropical Storm Nicole made landfall early Thursday morning near Vero Beach, Florida, as a Category 1 hurricane.

At least 2 people have been killed, and hundreds of thousands of utility customers lost power.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Has your property sustained damage from Tropical Storm Nicole? Here’s what you should do

If your property sustained damage, you’ll soon become acquainted with your insurance company and the mounds of paperwork that you’ll have to complete.

The article above has some pointers from insurance experts about what you should do.

Tropical Storm Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach, Florida, early Thursday morning as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Human remains unearthed by Tropical Storm Nicole in Martin County, Florida

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office says Tropical Storm Nicole unearthed the remains of several bodies at a beach along Hutchinson Island.

Officials believe the remains are from a Native American burial ground.

So far, the remains of six bodies have been unearthed.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Repairs underway after Tropical Storm Nicole washes away roads in Vilano Beach

Photos from the Florida Department of Transportation show roads that have been washed away in Vilano Beach after Tropical Storm Nicole.

Tropical Storm Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach early Thursday morning as a Category 1 hurricane.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Jacksonville Mayor: Stay away from flooded areas even after the storm

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is encouraging residents to stay away from flood-prone areas even after the sun comes out.

Areas along the St. Johns River and Jacksonville beaches are experiencing flooding from Tropical Storm Nicole and high tide is still hours away.

“There are people that think all the risk is gone. There could still be flooding as the tides rise,” Curry said, adding the beaches are still dangerous because of rough surf.

Posted by Emilee Speck

Power outages near 300,000 in Florida; start creeping up in Georgia

After Tropical Storm Nicole crossed Florida entering the Gulf, there are nearly 300,000 customers without power in the Sunshine State.

Outages are also beginning to rise in Georgia and South Carolina.

Posted by Emilee Speck

PHOTO: Daytona Beach Fire Rescue helping people stranded by flood waters

Daytona Beach Fire Rescue members are checking on people in the community where flood waters from Tropical Storm Nicole have surrounded homes.

Posted by Emilee Speck

Massive waves continue to slam against Florida sea walls

Beach erosion caused by Tropical Storm Nicole is allowing water to crash into businesses in Palm Beach, Florida.

FOX Weather correspondent Nicole Valdes reports 14 feet of beach has been overtaken by crashing waves slamming into the sea wall in Palm Beach.

Posted by Emilee Speck

South Carolina school districts shift to e-learning for Friday

Nicole is causing more school districts across South Carolina to close schools and switch to e-learning for Friday.

The latest closures include:

Lexington County School District One

Richland School District Two

Both school districts are under Wind Advisories until Friday evening.

Posted by Emilee Speck

Tornado Watch extended for North Florida, Southeast Georgia and South Carolina

A Tornado Watch is in effect for the Jacksonville area to the Georgia-Florida line and into Savannah. Beaufort, South Carolina is also included in the extended watch.

The watch continues until 7 p.m. ET.

Learn more about the active tornado threat from Tropical Storm Nicole here.

Posted by Emilee Speck

1 P.M. UPDATE: Tropical Storm Nicole edges out into the Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Nicole continues to move across Florida and is about to emerge into the Gulf of Mexico.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45 mph with higher gusts. Nicole is moving northwest and is about 45 miles north of Tampa.

The storm continues to bring strong winds, dangerous storm surge and heavy rain across the state.

The following Watches and Warnings are in place:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* Sebastian Inlet Florida to South Santee River South Carolina

* The middle of Longboat Key to Indian Pass Florida

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...

* Sebastian Inlet Florida to Altamaha Sound Georgia

* Mouth of the St. Johns River to Georgetown Florida

* Anclote River Florida to Ochlockonee River Florida

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...

* Ochlockonee River to Indian Pass Florida

* Altamaha Sound Georgia to South Santee River South Carolina

Posted by Emilee Speck

Cars stranded in flooded Charleston, SC streets

Tropical Storm Nicole is causing flooding in low-lying areas in Charleston, South Carolina.

FOX Weather's Will Nunley said drivers in Charleston are driving around barriers and into flooded streets.

Posted by Emilee Speck

'Dire situation:' Buildings in Daytona Beach Shores on edge of collapse

A hotel and two condo buildings in Volusia County, Florida are at risk of collapsing because of erosion. Hundreds of people are being told to leave now.

Daytona Beach Shores Director of Public Safety Michael Fowler told FOX Weather's Robert Ray water is flowing underneath condominium buildings now.

The pool decks have already collapsed onto the beach. "The pools are on the beach now," Fowler said.

Watch the interview here.

Posted by Emilee Speck
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2 dead after encountering downed power line in Orlando

Two people died in Orlando Thursday morning after they were electrocuted by a downed power line, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

If you come across a downed power line do not touch it.

Posted by Emilee Speck

'It's heartbreaking:' Florida home collapses due to beach erosion

FOX Weather Meteorologist Katie Garner was outside a home in Wilber-By-The-Sea when it collapsed onto the beach in Volusia County, Florida on Thursday.

Just the day before erosion caused by Nicole began to eat away at the beach under the home.

Thankfully, no one was home at the time. Still, Garner said it was "heartbreaking" to see someone's home collapse into the sea.

Posted by Emilee Speck

Homes collapse along Volusia County, FL beachside

The Volusia County, Florida, Sheriff's Office said all bridges to the beachside are now closed to traffic, except for essential personnel, until further notice.

A curfew is also in effect for the peninsula.

"Please stay off the roads. Multiple coastal homes in Wilbur-by-the-Sea have collapsed and several other properties are at imminent risk," the sheriff's office said.

Posted by Chris Oberholtz

Walt Disney World begins phased reopening

Walt Disney World Resort said their theme parks will reopen in a phased approach beginning at noon Thursday.

Planned theme park operating hours based on current projections are as follows, park officials said, but remain subject to change.

Magic Kingdom Park: Noon to 6 p.m. (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is scheduled for 7 p.m. to midnight.)

EPCOT: 1-9 p.m.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park: 1-7 p.m.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 2-10 p.m. (Fantasmic! will not be presented on Thursday.)

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is anticipated to reopen Thursday following an assessment of storm impacts. 

Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa will reopen for guests checking in Thursday.

Disney Springs will begin a phased reopening at noon.

Disney Bus transportation from Disney Springs will resume at 2 p.m.

Posted by Chris Oberholtz

Storm surge still major concern with Nicole

National Hurricane Center Deputy Director Michael Brennan discusses why storm surge is still a major concern with Tropical Storm Nicole. 

Click here to watch FOX Weather Hurricane Specialist Bryan Norcross as he joins the discussion.

Posted by Chris Oberholtz

Flooding closes roads in downtown Charleston, SC

FOX Weather's Will Nunley reports numerous streets in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, are closed or impassable at this hour.

Posted by Chris Oberholtz

10 A.M. UPDATE: Nicole's winds decrease to near 50 mph with higher gusts

Tropical Storm Nicole is moving across a large area of west-central Florida with strong winds, dangerous storm surge and waves, and heavy rains. 

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 50 mph with higher gusts.  Additional weakening is expected Thursday morning while the center is over land.

The storm is now centered about 30 miles northeast of Tampa.

The National Hurricane Center said little change in strength is expected while Nicole is over the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon and evening. Nicole is expected to weaken to a depression over Georgia tonight, and then it is expected to merge with a frontal boundary over the Mid-Atlantic by Friday night. 

Tropical Storm Warnings have been discontinued along the Florida west coast south of Englewood, and along the Florida east coast south of Sebastian Inlet. It has also been discontinued for Lake Okeechobee. 

Storm Surge Warnings have been discontinued for the Florida east coast south of Sebastian Inlet. 

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: 

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for ...

* Sebastian Inlet, Florida, to South Santee River, South Carolina

* Englewood to Indian Pass, Florida 

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for ...

* Sebastian Inlet, Florida, to Altamaha Sound, Georgia

* Mouth of the St. Johns River to Georgetown, Florida

* Anclote River, Florida, to Ochlockonee River, Florida 

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for ...

* Ochlockonee River to Indian Pass, Florida

* Altamaha Sound, Georgia, to South Santee River South, Carolina

Posted by Chris Oberholtz

Power restoration underway as Nicole continues to slice through Florida

Florida Power & Light Company has restored power to approximately 178,000 customers as of 8 a.m. Eastern as Tropical Storm Nicole continues to slice through Florida.

The company said they dedicated approximately 13,000 men and women to the effort, including mutual assistance from 16 states.

“Nicole continues to impact the state, but our restoration is well underway,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “During the height of the storm in the southern part of Florida, when crews were unable to travel safely, our smart grid technology was working to restore power remotely. Now, in the areas where winds are below 35 mph, our teams are out in full force, conducting critical damage assessments and restoring power.”

Nicole remains a threat across much of the state given its large size.

In addition, Hurricane Ian’s destructive path through Florida just six weeks ago inundated soil and left weakened trees primed to topple onto FPL power lines.

Flying debris, flooding and storm surge will likely create continued restoration challenges, the utility company said.

Posted by Chris Oberholtz

Bridges to St. Lucie County now open as teams assess damage

Emergency response teams in St. Lucie County are still assessing the damage from Hurricane Nicole.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office said bridges to the barrier island are now open.

"Indian River Drive remains closed from Walton Road south to the county line as crews work diligently to clear downed power lines and debris," deputies said in a Facebook post . "Parts of the drive have also washed away."

Repairs to the road could take several weeks.

Posted by Chris Oberholtz

Beach erosion visible on Folly Beach, South Carolina

FOX Weather's Will Nunley is checking out conditions on Folly Beach, South Carolina, with the FOX Weather Beast.

Beach erosion is already visible as some of the first rain bands of Tropical Storm Nicole move in Friday morning.

Posted by Chris Oberholtz

Disruptive day ahead for Florida

Tropical Storm Nicole still has a giant circulation that extends hundreds of miles from the center. Winds are still blowing onshore along the east coast of Florida, which will prevent the coastal flooding from quickly receding, but overall the effects are diminishing. 

Gusty winds and periods of heavy rain will cover the northern half of the Florida Peninsula and the Atlantic and Gulf coastal waters today, slowly tapering off tonight.

FOX Weather Hurricane Specialist Bryan Norcross has more in his latest blog post below.

Posted by Chris Oberholtz

Large waves crash onto boardwalk at Daytona Beach

"This stuff will wipe you right off your feet," said FOX Weather's Robert Ray as large waves crashed onto the boardwalk at Daytona Beach during his live report.

Posted by Chris Oberholtz

Artemis, you OK?

The towers around NASA's SLS moon rocket recorded a 100 mph gust after Hurricane Nicole's landfall, exceeding the 85 mph (74 knot) threshold NASA said the rocket could withstand.

Posted by Chris Oberholtz

'Just a couple of sharks'

Duunnn dunnn … duuuunnnn dun …

Two fin-shaped objects being swept along by floodwater on Hutchinson Island, Florida, might have looked like a pair of sharks on a mission from the ocean.

We've posted the video in the article below. Would you have taken a double-take?

Posted by Chris Oberholtz

7 A.M. UPDATE: Nicole's winds decrease as it moves up Florida's coast

Nicole remains a large tropical storm.

It is currently centered over Central Florida as strong winds, dangerous storm surge and waves and heavy rains continue to batter a large area of the Sunshine State. 

Nicole now has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, with its center about 55 miles east of Tampa. 

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 450 miles from the center, especially to the north. Daytona Beach, Florida, recently reported sustained winds of 49 mph with a wind gust of 70 mph. 

Here is a summary of watches and warnings in effect: 

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for …

* Jupiter, Florida, to South Santee River, South Carolina

* North of Bonita Beach to Indian Pass, Florida

* Lake Okeechobee 

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for …

* Jupiter Inlet, Florida, to Altamaha Sound, Georgia

* Mouth of the St. Johns River to Georgetown, Florida

* Anclote River, Florida, to Ochlockonee River, Florida 

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for …

* Ochlockonee River to Indian Pass, Florida

* Altamaha Sound, Georgia, to South Santee River, South Carolina

Posted by Chris Oberholtz

Beach at Daytona Beach submerged; boardwalk collapsed

FOX Weather's Robert Ray is in Daytona Beach, Florida, and reports the beach is currently submerged. Parts of the boardwalk have also collapsed.

Posted by Chris Oberholtz

LIVE: Nicole lashing Florida coast after making landfall overnight

Nicole, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, is lashing Florida with relentless wind, rain and waves as it moves inland across the state. Nicole will have far-reaching impacts stretching into the Southeast and eventually the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Posted by Chris Oberholtz

Tornado Watch issued for Jacksonville area, coastal Georgia

A Tornado Watch has been issued for northeastern coastal Florida, including the Jacksonville area, and two counties in southeastern Georgia until 1 p.m. ET as thunderstorms rotate through the area from Tropical Storm Nicole.

Posted by Scott Sistek

Watch: FOX Weather's Robert Ray battered by wind, sea foam in Daytona Beach

A blizzard of sea-foam blew into Daytona Beach as tropical-storm force winds pushed the Atlantic Ocean inland.

Posted by Scott Sistek

Watch: Transformer explodes during Hurricane Nicole in Miami Beach

A video shared by Twitter user @wladisalas shows rain and wind picking up Tuesday night in Miami Beach, near the Flamingo Point Apartments, as the outer bands from Hurricane Nicole move through. A bright flash can be seen, believed to be a transformer explosion.

Posted by Scott Sistek

Nearly 110,000 without power in Florida

Around 110,000 customers are now without power as Tropical Storm Nicole makes its trek across central Florida. Orlando recorded a gust to 59 mph just after 4:30 a.m. ET.

Posted by Scott Sistek

Watch: Hurricane Nicole makes landfall along east coast of Florida

Storm surge rushes inland at Daytona Beach, Florida as Hurricane Nicole lashed much of the state early Thursday morning.

Posted by Scott Sistek

WATCH: Florida sheriff details Nicole's impacts in Volusia County as high tide nears

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood joins FOX Weather from Daytona Beach, Florida, with the latest on how things look after Hurricane Nicole made landfall early Thursday morning.

Posted by Scott Sistek

4 A.M. UPDATE: Nicole now a tropical storm

What was Hurricane Nicole has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm. 

Nicole now has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, with its center about 25 miles northwest of Vero Beach, Florida. 

All Hurricane Warnings have been changed to Tropical Storm Warnings, while the Tropical Storm Warning from south of Boca Raton to Hallandale Beach has been discontinued. Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect from Boca Raton, Florida, north to the South Santee River in South Carolina.

The Storm Surge Warning from North Palm Beach to Jupiter Inlet has also been discontinued but remains in effect from Jupiter Inlet to Altamaha Sound in Georgia. Storm Surge Warnings remain for the mouth of the St. John's River to Georgetown, Florida and from the Anclote River to the Ochlockonee River.

Nicole will move across central Florida Thursday morning, then possibly emerge over the far northwestern Gulf of Mexico Thursday afternoon before crossing back into the Florida Panhandle and into Georgia, gradually weakening to a tropical depression by late Thursday or Friday.

Posted by Scott Sistek

Vero Beach turns calm inside eye of Hurricane Nicole

Vero Beach, Florida, suddenly got a break from the relentless rain and wind as it entered the eye of Hurricane Nicole early Thursday morning.

Photos shared by Mark Sudduth from HurricaneTrack.com even showed the moon overhead as skies briefly cleared within the hurricane's calm eye about 2:30 a.m. Eastern, some 30 minutes before landfall just south of Vero Beach.

Posted by Brian Donegan
Breaking News

FLORIDA LANDFALL: Hurricane Nicole makes landfall near Vero Beach as Category 1 storm

Hurricane Nicole has made landfall near Vero Beach, Florida, at Category 1 intensity with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

"Radar imagery from Miami and Melbourne shows the center of Nicole has made landfall on the east coast of the Florida Peninsula on North Hutchinson Island just south of Vero Beach," the National Hurricane Center said.

The minimum central pressure at landfall was 981 millibars.

Hurricane-force winds (74-plus mph) are expected to continue across the east coast of Florida, where a Hurricane Warning remains in effect.

Tropical-storm-force winds (39-plus mph) will continue for the Florida, Georgia and South Carolina coasts through Thursday. 

The NHC warns of a dangerous storm surge along the east coast of Florida, portions of coastal Georgia and the Florida Big Bend along the Gulf coast.

Nicole will continue to produce heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding into Thursday across the Southeast. 

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

Watch: FOX Weather’s Brandy Campbell reports from inside Hurricane Nicole’s eye

Watch as FOX Weather multimedia journalist Brandy Campbell reports from inside Hurricane Nicole ’s eye while the Category 1 hurricane spun over Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

More than 55,000 utility customers in the dark as Hurricane Nicole nears Florida

More than 55,000 utility customers are in the dark in Florida as Hurricane Nicole nears the east coast of the state.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

2 AM UPDATE: Gusts hit over 70 mph as Hurricane Nicole nears Florida landfall

Hurricane Nicole will continue to produce heavy rainfall tonight into Thursday across the Florida Peninsula.

At this hour, Nicole has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and is moving west-northwest at 14 mph.

The National Hurricane Center says that Nicole does not have a classic tropical cyclone appearance at this time, but has a large eye over 50 nautical miles in diameter.

With the storm being about 15 miles from Fort Pierce, Florida, landfall is imminent within the next few hours.

Dangerous storm surge is expected to continue along the east coast of Florida and portions of coastal Georgia. The storm surge will be accompanied by large and damaging waves along the Atlantic coast.

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

Kennedy Space Center records 86 mph wind gust

Here are some of the top wind gusts so far from Hurricane Nicole.

Jacksonville recorded a gust of 51 mph Thursday morning — the third-highest wind gust recorded in November, according to the National Weather Service.

Closer to Hurricane Nicole’s center, Indialantic reached a gust of 70 mph while Melbourne hit 64 mph.

Patrick Space Force Base in Brevard County reached 63 mph and Cocoa Beach hit 61 mph.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Tornado threat increases for northeastern Florida, Southeast coast

As Hurricane Nicole begins to make landfall along Florida's east coast, the threat of tornadoes is increasing.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Listen: Winds from Hurricane Nicole create eerie noise at Florida marina

Check out this video and listen to the eerie sounds created by the winds of Hurricane Nicole at a marina in Florida.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Tree falls onto home in Melbourne, FL

Emergency managers report a tree has fallen into a home in Melbourne Village as Hurricane Nicole nears the eastern Florida coast. A gust reached 64 mph at 1 a.m. in town.

Posted by Scott Sistek

VIDEO: Camera in Indialantic shows palm trees bend from Nicole's wind

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

Pieces of boardwalk, buildings washing on shore in Vero Beach

Hurricane Nicole's landfall along the east coast of Florida is imminent.

It's expected Hurricane Nicole will move onshore as a Category 1 hurricane.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Watch: Waves crash on pier in Juno Beach

This video shows large waves crashing onto a pier in Juno Beach, Florida, as Hurricane Nicole spins offshore.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

50 mph winds batter mega moon rocket that's still on launchpad

Earlier this week, NASA managers decided to leave the 322-foot-tall rocket at the launchpad instead of rolling it back into the Vehicle Assembly Building ahead of the storm.

For more on the delayed launch, click here.

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

Winds increasing as Hurricane Nicole's landfall is imminent

Wind gusts are increasing as Hurricane Nicole moves closer to Florida.

Landfall is expected soon, and Hurricane Nicole is likely to be a Category 1 hurricane when it moves onshore.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Threat of tornadoes increasing in Florida

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville is monitoring an increasing tornado threat in northeastern Florida through Thursday morning.

Hurricane Nicole is expected to make landfall along the state's east coast shortly.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Florida records wind gusts over 60 mph

A weather station at Sebastian Inlet, Florida, recently reported a sustained wind of 48 mph with a wind gust of 66 mph.

A WeatherSTEM station near Stuart Beach, Florida, recently reported a sustained wind of 47 mph with a wind gust of 62 mph.

Winds will continue to increase as Hurricane Nicole continues to charge west.

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

Cocoa Beach evaluating emergency calls on case-by-case basis due to strong winds

Because wind speeds from Hurricane Nicole have increased to 45 mph in Cocoa Beach, emergency calls will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

VIDEO: Wind churning up waves at Jensen Causeway Park

Watch as waves crash ashore in Martin County, Florida.

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

Watch: Heavy rain from Hurricane Nicole falls on fans after Panthers game

Watch as fans walk out to a rainy parking lot after the Panthers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

What happens with Hurricane Nicole after impacting Florida?

Hurricane Nicole is heading for the east coast of Florida, and will make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane late Wednesday night.

But what happens after Hurricane Nicole moves across Florida? The Southeast, mid-Atlantic and Northeast could be impacted.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

11 PM UPDATE: Hurricane Nicole brings dangerous storm surge to Florida

Nicole is bringing strong winds, dangerous storm surge and heavy rain to Florida as it nears landfall.

In the National Hurricane Center's 10 PM advisory, Hurricane Nicole had winds of 75 mph.

The hurricane is moving west-northwest at 13 mph and has a central pressure of 980 millibars.

Hurricane and tropical storm conditions and dangerous storm surge continue over portions of the northwestern Bahamas through this evening.

As for Florida, hurricane conditions are expected across the east coast of the Sunshine State beginning this evening, where a Hurricane Warning is in effect.

Tropical storm conditions will continue along Florida, Georgia and South Carolina coasts into Thursday.

Watch the latest Hurricane Nicole update here.

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

VIDEO: Floridians lose their yards to Hurricane Nicole

Storm surge from Nicole damaged several properties in Port Orange in Florida. Entire yards washed into the Atlantic. 

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

Wind gusts from Hurricane Nicole could reach 70 mph in Orlando

Wind gusts from Hurricane Nicole could reach between 60-70 mph in the Orlando area on Thursday morning.

Higher gusts are possible in Florida, like in St. Cloud, where gusts could reach 80 mph.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Hurricane Nicole approaches the east coast of Florida

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

Miami-Dade County schools to reopen on Thursday

All Miami-Dade County schools and facilities will reopen on Thursday.

The announcement comes as Hurricane Nicole spins off to the north of Miami.

Hurricane Nicole is expected to make landfall along Florida's east coast on Wednesday night.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

King Tides combine with storm surge flooding in Ft. Lauderdale

A video posted to Twitter shows higher than normal high tide combining with Hurricane Nicole’s storm surge in Ft. Lauderdale.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Hurricane Nicole bringing large surf to Daytona Beach

Video shows large waves and strong winds whipping across Daytona Beach as Hurricane Nicole nears.

Hurricane Nicole will make landfall along Florida's east coast late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning as a Category 1 hurricane.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

10 PM ADVISORY: Hurricane Nicole nears Florida coast

Nicole is about 75 miles from making landfall on the east coast of Florida, and is bringing strong winds, dangerous storm surge and heavy rain to the state.

In the National Hurricane Center's 10 PM advisory, Hurricane Nicole had winds of 75 mph.

The hurricane is moving west-northwest at 13 mph and has a central pressure of 980 millibars. 

Hurricane and tropical storm conditions and dangerous storm surge continue over portions of the northwestern Bahamas through this evening. 

As for Florida, hurricane conditions are expected across the east coast of the Sunshine State beginning this evening, where a Hurricane Warning is in effect.

Tropical storm conditions will continue along Florida, Georgia and South Carolina coasts into Thursday.

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

When was the last time a hurricane hit Florida's east coast in November?

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Rain forecast from Hurricane Nicole

A look at the expected rain totals from Hurricane Nicole through Friday.

Highest rain totals are expected in central Florida, where up to a half of a foot of rain is possible.

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

Video shows destruction after high tide in Daytona Beach early Wednesday morning

Video posted to twitter shows a parking lot that was washed away during high tide in Daytona Beach earlier Wednesday as Hurricane Nicole spun offshore.

Hurricane Nicole is likely to make landfall on Florida's east coast late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Interactive map shows damage reports from Hurricane Nicole in Ft. Lauderdale

The city of Ft. Lauderdale tweeted out an interactive map of damage reported associated with Hurricane Nicole.

Heavy rain, damaging wind and power outages have been reported across the region due to Hurricane Nicole.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Did your power go out? Here’s how to stay safe when using a generator

Generators can be dangerous if safety precautions aren't met. Here are seven ways to make sure you stay safe while using a generator.

Widespread power outages are expected across Florida as Hurricane Nicole approaches.

Hurricane Nicole is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane in a matter of hours.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Listen to the wind whip in Daytona Beach Shores, FL

FOX Weather's Katie Garner gives us a live look at the conditions in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, ahead of Hurricane Nicole's landfall.

Winds are gusting upwards of 40 mph in Daytona Beach and a Hurricane Warning remains in effect for the area.

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

Current tropical watches and warnings ahead of Nicole

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for a good portion of the east coast of Florida.

For the rest of the Sunshine State and the Georgia and South Carolina coasts, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect.

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

Buildings in danger of collapse: 'Not if, but when'

FOX Weather meteorologist Katie Garner is in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, and says sheriff’s deputies are going door to door to warn people that “it’s not if, but when” buildings start to collapse because of Hurricane Nicole.

Watch the video here.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Watch: Heavy rain, strong wind and large waves seen in Daytona Beach

FOX Weather correspondent Robert Ray is in Daytona Beach, Florida, and posted video of large waves crashing on shore while heavy rain and strong winds from Hurricane Nicole whip across the region.

Hurricane Nicole is expected to make landfall in a matter of hours along Florida's east coast as a Category 1 hurricane.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Calm waters in Charleston ahead of Nicole

Quiet conditions as the sun sets in Charleston ahead of Nicole.

The city is under a Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Watch as Hurricane Nicole spins just off the coast of Florida.

Showers and strong winds will arrive in Charleston overnight.

After making landfall in Florida overnight, Nicole will continue up the Eastern Seaboard through Saturday.

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

University of Florida closed Thursday due to Hurricane Nicole

The University of Florida announced it will be closed on Thursday due to the effects of Hurricane Nicole.

This includes online classes and all activities.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Volusia County Sheriff's Office preparing for water rescues

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office tweeted out a photo showing crews being briefed before heading out to respond to water rescues as Hurricane Nicole moves closer to Florida.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Buildings on the verge of collapse along Florida’s east coast

Kevin Guthrie, the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, was on FOX Weather Wednesday night and said several buildings along Florida’s east coast are on the verge of collapsing into the Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricane Nicole is expected to make landfall late Wednesday night or very early Thursday morning as a Category 1 hurricane.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

2022 ties for most November Atlantic hurricane formations

CSU hurricane specialist Phil Klotzbach says that with Nicole strengthening to a hurricane, this season now ties with 2001 for the most (3) November Atlantic hurricane formations on record.

Nicole adds to the list of Martin and Lisa, which have all reached hurricane strength this month.

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

Lights out: Thousands in the dark as Hurricane Nicole creeps closer to Florida

More than 12,000 utility customers are in the dark as Hurricane Nicole moves closer to the east coast of the Florida.

Hurricane Nicole is expected to make landfall in a matter of hours as a Category 1 hurricane.

Here's where you can find the latest on Hurricane Nicole's projected path , watches and warnings and other important information.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Dozens of people in Vero Beach, Florida, move to shelters ahead of Hurricane Nicole

There are nearly 70 people who have moved to shelters in Vero Beach, Florida, due to approaching Hurricane Nicole.

Check out the report from FOX Weather multimedia journalist Brandy Campbell.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

WATCH LIVE: Hurricane Nicole takes aim at Florida coastline

Hurricane Nicole strengthened into a Category 1 storm Wednesday evening.

Significant rain, wind and coastal flooding impacts have begun to spread across Florida and the southeastern U.S. ahead of its expected landfall Wednesday night.

Watch the live view from Juno Pier, Neptune Beach, Indialantic and Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

Thousands asked to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Nicole’s arrival

Thousands of Florida residents along the state’s east coast were asked to leave ahead of Hurricane Nicole’s landfall late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

Most of the evacuations were voluntary, but officials urged residents who live on Florida’s barrier islands and flood-prone areas to consider moving inland.

Here's where you can find more information on evacuations.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Conditions worsening in Melbourne, Florida as Hurricane Nicole nears

FOX News correspondent Phil Keating is in Melbourne, Florida, where conditions are worsening as Hurricane Nicole inches closer to the state.

Hurricane Nicole is expected to be a Category 1 hurricane when it makes landfall late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

Here’s the latest on Hurricane Nicole’s protected path, current watches and warnings and more.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Hurricane Nicole likely to cause widespread power outages

As Hurricane Nicole spins closer to the east coast of Florida, officials are warning of widespread power outages across many parts of the state.

Here’s how you can prepare for a power outage

Posted by Steven Yablonski

7 P.M. Advisory: Hurricane Nicole continues to bring dangerous storm surge to Grand Bahama Island

With the National Hurricane Center's 7 PM advisory, Hurricane Nicole had winds of 75 mph.

At this hour, Nicole continues to bring dangerous storm surge and strong winds to Grand Bahama Island.

Hurricane conditions are expected across the east coast of Florida beginning this evening, where a Hurricane Warning is in effect.

Tropical storm conditions will continue along the Florida, Georgia and South Carolina coasts into Thursday.

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

Hurricane Nicole spins just off the Florida coast

Nicole gained hurricane status Wednesday evening as it pounds the eastern coast of Florida with relentless waves, wind and rain hours before its forecast to make an overnight landfall.

NOAA Hurricane Hunters investigated the storm and found that Nicole had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

The hurricane is located just over 100 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, and is moving west at 13 mph.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Boca Raton to Flagler/Volusia County Line in Florida.

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

Check out a live look at current conditions as Hurricane Nicole tracks toward Florida

Hurricane Nicole’s impacts are being felt on Florida’s east coast as the Category 1 hurricane spins closer to the Sunshine State.

FOX Weather is streaming live video on our YouTube page from cameras along Hurricane Nicole’s path from Florida to the Carolinas.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Hurricane Nicole tracker: Here is the latest projected path, current watches and warnings, wind and

Hurricane Nicole formed off the coast of Florida on Wednesday evening after making landfall earlier in the day in the Bahamas.

Check out the latest on Hurricane Nicole's projected path, the current Hurricane Watches and Warnings, wind forecast and more.

Posted by Steven Yablonski
Breaking News

Nicole becomes a hurricane as it approaches Florida

Tropical Storm Nicole became Hurricane Nicole on Wednesday evening as the storm spins toward the east coast of the Florida Peninsula. The Category 1 hurricane is on track for an overnight landfall near Port St. Luice.

Posted by Aaron Barker

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