As our readers know, Hurricane Nicole made landfall as a Category 1 storm early this morning in Indian River County. The storm has taken a toll on the Atlantic Coastline with serious damage reported along the coast from Broward County northward to St Johns County.
At 7 am ET the storm was downgraded to a Tropical Storm and all storm warnings were discontinued for Broward and Palm Beach counties as the Tropical Storm moved inland. At 10 am ET all storm warnings were discontinued south for Charlotte, Lee, Indian River, St Lucie and Martin counties. It’s important to note that these are storm warnings, the high surf and storm surge along the beaches remains a massive threat. Rainfall totals are adding up in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties, areas that suffered greatly due to Ian.
As of 10 am about 80,000 customers have lost power in Brevard County and close to 60,000 have lost power in Orange County.
The center of the Tropical Storm is currently positioned over Polk County. Max sustained winds 50 MPH, pressure still at 986 MB, indicating some strength.