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Hurricane Nicole Makes Landfall in Florida as a Category 1 Hurricane Before Weakening to a Tropical Storm


According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane Center (NHC), Hurricane Nicole made landfall on the Eastern coast of Florida at 2:27 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on North Hutchinson Island just south of Vero Beach. Nicole made landfall as a Category (Cat) 1 hurricane and then weakened into a tropical storm. As of 7:00 a.m. EDT, Nicole was located over central Florida about 30 miles southwest of Orlando and 55 miles east of Tampa moving west-northwest at around 14 miles per hour (mph). Maximum sustained winds speeds have decreased to nearly 60 mph; however, due to Nicole’s size, tropical-storm-force winds may extend out up to 450 miles from the center of the storm. Nicole is expected to continue to weaken as it moves overland and is projected to be picked up by a cold front as it passes over southern Georgia.

Tropical Storm Nicole- GeoColor: NOAA

According to NOAA’s database, Nicole is the fourth November hurricane to make landfall in the United States (US) in records dating to the mid-19th century and the first to do so in nearly 40 years. Nicole is the 14th named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which began on June 1 and officially ends at the end of this month on November 30. As of 7:20 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), more than 33 million people were under some storm-related warning, and over 230,000 customers have reported power outages across Florida. 

Following President Biden’s approval of an emergency declaration for the state of Florida on November 9, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal aid and coordination support had been made available to the state, supplementing state, tribal, and local response efforts for areas impacted by Tropical Storm Nicole. As of November 10, 45 of the state’s 67 counties are under a state of emergency.

Twitter: NWS Melbourne

FEMA provides guidance to individuals preparing for, experiencing, or being affected by hurricanes. Tropical Storm Nicole brings the potential for life-threatening storm surges to many coastal communities. Individuals should heed the warnings of local authorities. It is imperative that individuals seek higher ground and avoid walking or driving in flood waters. Additionally, FEMA encourages individuals to take the necessary precautions and prepare for flash flooding. Individuals at risk are encouraged to remain up-to-date with information from their local National Weather Service (NWS) office and local government/emergency management office and follow guidance issued by local officials.

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