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Nicole is a big rainmaker as she walks through Georgia after killing at least 2 people in Florida

Tropical Depression Nicole was passing Georgia on Friday morning, a day after wreaking havoc as it churned through Florida as a hurricane and then a tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center said it was bringing heavy rain to parts of the Southeast.

Nicole is being blamed for at least two deaths in Florida.

Winds were up to 35 mph early Friday.

The center said the rare November storm could bring up to 8 inches of rain to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sudden and urban flooding could result in the spread of rain in the eastern Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic and New England through Saturday.

“On the forecast track, the center of Nicole will pass over central and northern Georgia and over the western Carolinas this morning,” the hurricane center said. “…Nicole is likely to become a tropical cyclone later today, then dissipate tonight or early Saturday.”

After the passage of Hurricane Nicole in Vero Beach
A couple looks at a damaged lifeguard tower after Hurricane Nicole passes over Vero Beach, Fla., on November 10, 2022.

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According to PowerOutage.us, about 53,000 homes and businesses in Florida had no electricity on Friday morning.

Nicole spent Thursday Cutting in Central Florida After making landfall as a hurricane early in the morning near Vero Beach. The brunt of the damage was in the Daytona Beach area, well north of there on the East Coast. The storm entered the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday evening before turning north.

Nicole dumped some homes along the Florida coast into the Atlantic Ocean and damaged many others, including hotels and high-rise condominiums. It was another devastating blow just a few weeks later. Hurricane Ian hit the shore More than 130 people were killed and thousands of homes destroyed on the Gulf Coast.

Before reaching Florida, Nicole became the first hurricane to hit the Bahamas Hurricane DorianA Category 5 hurricane that devastated the archipelago in 2019.

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Maintenance man Jim Carpenter puts caution tape around an area where storm erosion caused a lookout point on the beach to collapse when Hurricane Nicole passed through the Ocean Club condominium on November 10, 2022 in Vero Beach, Fla.

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For hurricane-weary Floridians, it was only the first November hurricane since 1985 and only the third since record-keeping began in 1853.

Nicole was spreading, covering a weather-weary state nearly all of Florida, while also reaching Georgia and the Carolinas before dawn on Thursday. Tropical storm-force winds extended up to 450 miles from the center in some directions as Nicole turned to the north of central Florida.

Although Nicole’s winds caused minimal damage, its storm surge was more destructive than previously thought as sea levels are rising as the planet’s ice melts. Climate changePrinceton University climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer said. It combines high coastal flooding, deep inland flows, and what used to be once-a-century events that occurred almost annually in some places, he said.

“It’s definitely part of a picture of what’s happening,” Oppenheimer said. “It’s going to happen somewhere else. It’s going to happen all over the world.”

Officials in Volusia County, northeast of Orlando, said Thursday evening that building inspectors had declared 24 hotels and condos in Daytona Beach Shores and New Smyrna Beach unsafe and ordered them to be evacuated. County officials said at least 25 single-family homes in Wilbur-by-the-Sea were declared structurally unsafe by building inspectors and were also evacuated.

“The structural damage along our shoreline is unprecedented. We’ve never experienced anything like this before,” county manager Georg Rechtenwald said earlier during a news conference.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said a man and a woman were electrocuted after touching a power line in the Orlando area. According to the National Weather Service, Nichol caused flooding well inland, with parts of the St. Johns River at or above flood level and some rivers in the Tampa Bay area even close to flood level.

All 67 Florida counties were under a state of emergency. President Biden also approved an emergency declaration for Florida’s Seminole tribe, ordering federal help for the tribal nation. Many Seminoles live on six reservations across the state.

Parts of Florida were devastated by Hurricane Ian, which struck as a Category 4 hurricane. Ian destroyed homes and damaged crops across the state, including orange trees – damage many are still dealing with – and sent storm surges of up to 13 feet, causing widespread destruction.

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