Wilbur-by-the-Sea, Fla. ( Associated Press) — The remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole brought heavy rain from Georgia to New York on Friday as flooding and ocean swells eased off a swath of the Florida coast, where the most severe impacts became clearly making landfall at hurricane strength. After.
Now reduced to a depression, Nicole can rain up to 8 inches (20 cm) on the Blue Ridge Mountains and is likely to cause flash and urban flooding as far north as northern New England.
With the center of the storm located about 70 miles (115 kph) southwest of Macon, Georgia, and maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph), forecasters predicted a tornado in North Carolina and south. The chain continued, although at the moment no damage or land fall was reported. There were tornado warnings in both states and much of Virginia.
The damage added to Atlanta’s notoriously heavy traffic when Nicole rained in the metro area during rush hours and a handful of school systems suspended classes in mountainous North Georgia.
The storm killed at least three people and washed away large stretches of sand in the Daytona Beach area after making landfall near Vero Beach early Thursday. Some houses fell into the Atlantic Ocean.
Two dozen hotels and residential towers, one 22 stories high, had to be evacuated at Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach after Volusia County building inspectors determined their structure was unsafe, and Wilbur-by-the-Sea had at least one. At least 25 single-family homes had to be cleaned for this reason.
The nearly 15-mile (24-kilometer) strait was badly hit by shoreline erosion that destroyed breakwaters just six weeks earlier, when Hurricane Ian made landfall on the Gulf of Mexico coast, killing more than 130 people. were killed and thousands of homes destroyed.
Frisaro reported from Fort Lauderdale. Seth Borenstein contributed to this report from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.