Florida is hit by Hurricane Nicole
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Florida is hit by Hurricane Nicole

Hurricane Nicole made landfall along Florida’s east coast in the early hours of Thursday. The storm, with strong winds and heavy rain, has caused damage across much of Florida, officials said.

The rare November hurricane prompted officials to close airports and various parks and order the evacuation of residents from several areas, including former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.

Authorities warned that rising sea levels from the storm could further destroy many beaches damaged by Hurricane Ian in September. This storm is also expected to pass through Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina during Thursday and Friday, bringing heavy rain to the region.

Nicole has been listed as a Category 1 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour, the US National Hurricane Center said on Thursday. The storm was moving north and northwest at a speed of 22 kilometers per hour.

The tropical storm’s powerful winds spread up to 780 kilometers from the epicenter in several directions. The epicenter of Hurricane Nicole is expected to move into central and northern Florida and then into southern Georgia on Thursday and the two Carolinas on Friday.

A few tornadoes are possible during the early hours of Thursday in east and northeast Florida, the weather forecast service said. Flooding may occur, as water levels in the St. Louis River are also expected to rise. Johns in Florida.

Over the next few days, this storm will affect the northwestern Bahamas, the east coast of Florida, and much of the southeast coast of the United States.

But the storm is expected to lose strength as it moves across Florida and the southeastern US and is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone on Friday afternoon.

For Florida, which often faces storms, this is only the third time since 1853 that it has been hit by a hurricane in November. The previous ones were Hurricane Yankee in 1935 and Hurricane Kate in 1985.

Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s home and club, was in one of the areas where people were evacuated. Built on an elevation of 4.6 meters above sea level, this property has survived a large number of hurricanes since it was built almost a century ago. The club’s security office hung up when asked by The Associated Press if people would be evacuating the property, as there was no sign they would as of Wednesday afternoon.

There is no penalty for ignoring an evacuation order, but rescue teams would not respond if they were put at risk.

During a news conference, Gov. Ron DeSantis said strong winds were his main concern and that there could be power outages. But he said there are about 16,000 people standing by for power restoration, as well as 600 security guards and seven search and rescue teams.

“This [storm] will affect large parts of the state of Florida throughout the day,” said DeSantis, who announced that dozens of schools will be closed and 15 shelters will be opened.

In the early hours of Wednesday, President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency in Florida and ordered federal teams to help the state.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is still helping those affected by Hurricane Ian. Hurricane Ian caused extensive damage in Florida in late September.