Nicole made landfall in Florida as a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday morning and quickly weakened to a tropical storm.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the storm weakened to a tropical storm after its landfall just south of Vero Beach.
But the tweaked storm wreaked havoc on the east coast of Florida causing power outages, sea wall, and beach erosion, as well as structural collapse.
On Thursday morning, in Volusia County, the Sheriff’s Office was assisting in the evacuation of a condo building.
“Evacuating residents at Tower Grande Condominums at 2055 S. Atlantic Ave., due to unsafe conditions and sea wall collapse,” said VCSO.
In Flagler County, a portion of A1A is closed in Flagler Beach because the road is collapsing due to the waves from Nicole.
“This is just one of the reasons why we’re advising you to stay off the barrier island until the storm is gone,” said Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
Nicole has left damage and hazardous conditions in Daytona Beach.
“Please, do not traverse these areas unless it is absolutely necessary. Beware of floodwaters and potential damages that are unseen due to conditions. Remember, we are out here so you do not have to be,” said Daytona Beach Police Department.
As of the 10:00 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Nicole had sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving towards the WNW at 16 mph.
The radar shows bands of soaking rain rotating across northern and central Florida into southern Georgia and South Carolina.
The large wind field of Nicole means tropical-storm-force winds (39 mph or greater) extend well to the west, north and east of that center, including much of the Florida Peninsula, coastal Georgia, and coastal South Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center.