Authorities asked people in the affected areas to try to stay indoors and be careful with generators starting and possible cables from downed poles
First storm surge hits Daytona Beach
Tropical Storm Nicole, which After hitting part of the Bahamas, it entered Florida in the early hours of Thursday and is crossing the peninsula towards the Gulf of Mexico, leaving in its wake floods and minor damage to houses and infrastructure, according to local media reports.
Until now Casualties were reported from this late-season storm, which hits Florida with 20 days to go until the end of the Atlantic Basin hurricane season (November 30).
This is how Hollywood Beach, Florida looked tonight when Hurricane Nicole is just hours away from landfall
The authorities, however, asked the people of the affected areas to stay in their homes as much as possible and be careful with the starting of generators and with possible cables from downed poles due to the storm.
According to the National Hurricane Center, at 10:00 local time (15:00 GMT), Nicole remained a widespread tropical storm, with winds extending up to 345 miles (555 km) from downtown, especially to the northeast, and had left Orlando (central Florida) behind.
At that time it was about 30 miles (50 km) east-northeast of Tampa, on the west coast of Florida and its winds had dropped to 50 miles per hour (85 km/h).
Tropical storm Nicole, which after hitting part from the Bahamas entered Florida early Thursday and is crossing the peninsula towards the Gulf of Mexico, leaving in its wake flooding and minor damage (REUTERS/Marco Bello)
The NHC indicated that the storm , which is advancing at 16 miles per hour (26 km/h), will pass Thursday near Tampa, a city on the west coast of Florida, and then emerge in the northeastern corner of the Gulf of Mexico, and from there return to land through the Panhandle, as the northwestern tip of Florida is known.
Little change in intensity is expected as Nicole is over the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon and early evening, weakening to a tropical depression over Georgia tonight and then combining with a frontal area over the mid-Atlantic on Friday in the night.
The Tampa International Airport remains operational, although this morning there were 65 canceled flights and 41 delays due to bad weather conditions, according to the Flight Aware website.
Nicole's winds will continue to punish the coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina (REUTERS/Marco Bello)
The web Poweroutage.us reported that at 10:30 am (15:30 GMT) more More than 346,000 users were without power in several eastern Florida counties as Nicole made landfall on Hutchinson Island, south of Vero Beach, with winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km/h), around 03.00 hours (08.00 GMT).
Part of a fishing pier in the coastal town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, about 90 miles north of where the storm entered Florida, it collapsed due to wind and waves and was split in two.
Throughout the coastal area of southeastern Florida, Nicole's arrival was preceded by heavy rains and rising sea levels. of the sea, like those that occurred last night on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood,about 40 kilometers north of Miami.
Throughout the coastal area of southeastern Florida, Nicole's arrival was preceded by heavy rains and rising sea levels (REUTERS/Marco Bello)
The Orlando International Airport,< /b> one of the busiest in the US, decided not to operate this Thursday due to the storm, and the theme parks are closed, although some announced that they will probably reopen at the end of the afternoon.
There are warnings due to the passage of the tropical storm for areas of both coasts of Florida, the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, and also for areas of the center of this state and Georgia and South Carolina.< /p>
Nicole's winds are going to continue to punish the coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, as well as the rains, and the danger of storm surges with sea rises of up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) along the Atlantic seaboard.
Torrents can also occur in different areas of the southeastern United States.
(With information from EFE)
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