Tropical Storm Nicole became a Category 1 hurricane ahead of making landfall over the eastern coastline of Florida today. This news comes about six weeks after the destructive Category 4 Hurricane Ian smashed into the opposing Gulf Coast. Despite being three categories below Ian, there are already plenty of reports of damage related to Hurricane Nicole and the resulting high tides, flooding and wind gusts she brought with her.
Three hours ago, a live stream was posted on Facebook under the account "Flager Beach TV" showing a destroyed road and high tides along the upper east coast. Due to high winds, the videographer's commentary accompanying the video is difficult to understand. That video, along with others from the same channel, can be viewed here.
A video posted even earlier in the day on Wednesday, November 10 near St. Augustine shows flooded streets and storm surges.
Meanwhile, another video of high tides and a rough surf was reportedly taken along Daytona Beach--one of the areas that reportedly endured some of the worst damage seen from the storm yet.
Videos of the shocking aftermath filmed at Vilano Beach and Daytona Beach can be found here and here.
While the eye of the storm has since passed beyond the east coast of Florida, Hurricane Nicole is already thought to be responsible for at least two deaths and major power outages across the state. Nicole, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, is steadily moving north towards Georgia and is expected to bring heavy rainfall to areas as it moves across the states.
Florida's hurricane season will officially end on November 30, 2022 and start again on June 1, 2023.