by Brian Ellsworth
miamiNovember 10 – Hurricane Nicole weakened into a tropical storm on Thursday, shortly after making landfall on the east coast of Florida, with a mix of heavy rain and winds, according to the National Weather Service.
Nicole threatened coastal areas still affected by the last major storm six weeks ago.
A hurricane warning was issued for 240 miles of coastline that included the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, where the new lunar rocket was located. NASA It was attached to its launch pad to withstand the storm.
Nicole was upgraded from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm on Thursday when it moved inland from the Florida coast.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm, which officially made landfall at 3 a.m., had winds of up to 120 km/h when it made landfall on the east coast of Florida, north of Miami. The speed was later reduced to 70 mph.
The Hurricane Center issued hurricane surge watches for much of Florida’s Atlantic coast, warning that wind-driven waves would wash over beaches and run inland to flood low-lying areas beyond the coast.
Hurricane waves wreaked havoc on the Gulf of Mexico and its eastern seaboard when Hurricane Ian made landfall on September 28 and moved into the Atlantic in the Florida Panhandle, causing an estimated $60 billion in damage and more than 140 deaths Went.
Nicole was expected to have less strength when making landfall than Ian, which struck Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. However, officials cautioned that Nicole remains a formidable threat, particularly to the vulnerable structures and coastal foundations posed by Ian.
Sheriff Mike Chitwood said that “dozens and dozens” of seaside buildings in Volusia County, including high-rise condominiums, have been declared structurally unsafe since Ian, some are now “in imminent danger of collapse”, said Sheriff Mike Chitwood. he said.