Florida Faces Hurricane Nicole


Lexi Browning

As we all know, on September 28, 2022, Florida faced a severe category 4 hurricane, known as Hurricane Ian. Well poor Florida is facing yet another hurricane. This hurricane, Hurricane Nicole, made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane just south of Vero Beach, Florida, early this morning, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Millions of people in Florida are living under hurricane and tropical storm warnings today as Tropical Storm Nicole nears the state and threatens some of the same areas heavily damaged just weeks ago by Hurricane Ian. Hundreds of people remain in shelters after Ian’s devastation as Nicole approaches Florida. More than 620 people spent Tuesday night, November 8, 2022 in six Red Cross and partner shelters in Florida and thousands more are depending on the Red Cross and other organizations for food, water, and other support. Preliminary reports indicate almost 18,300 homes in Florida were either destroyed or suffered major damage during Ian and relief organizations, including the Red Cross, are striving to help people who don’t have homes to return to.

Hurricane Nicole has officially been labeled as a tropical storm. Nicole is bringing heavy rains and strong winds across central Florida. More than 335,000 homes and businesses in Florida were without power early Thursday, November 10th.

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a state of emergency for 34 Florida counties on Monday in preparation for what is currently known as Subtropical Storm Nicole, which is expected to begin impacting the state as early as Tuesday.

At 10 a.m. ET Thursday, Nicole was still packing 50-mph sustained winds and centered about 30 miles northeast of Tampa, moving west-northwest at 16 mph. Nicole is expected to weaken to a depression early Friday and become a post-tropical cyclone over the Southeast. You can  track the storm’s path here.