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System makes landfall at 3 a.m. Thursday south of Vero Beach as Category 1 hurricane
Juno Beach Pier ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole, Nov. 9, 2022
Posted at 6:01 AM, Nov 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-10 11:57:45-05

Nicole made landfall just south of Vero Beach as a Category 1 hurricane around 3 a.m. Thursday.

Here are some of the latest updates, pictures, and video of weather impacts in South Florida.

11:15 a.m. Thursday

Palm Beach County has lifted its mandatory evacuation order in the wake of Hurricane Nicole.

In a news release, the county said "major roads have been deemed clear" and "traffic signals are working."

9:25 a.m. Thursday

WPTV viewer Nancy Pitters sent us pictures of a gumbo limbo tree in Boynton Beach that was ripped from the ground and toppled over because of Hurricane Nicole.

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A fallen gumbo limbo tree in Boynton Beach from Hurricane Nicole, Nov. 10, 2022.

9 a.m. Thursday

An amazing sight on Thursday morning as a sea turtle hatchling on Hobe Sound Beach slowly but bravely made its way into the ocean.

"You gotta love the determination here with those little front flappers trying to make it out," WPTV journalist Dave Bohman reported.

A crowd of onlookers quickly gathered to watch the turtle make its trek to the sea.

"This is a moment many will remember after the hurricane," Bohman said.

Sea turtle hatchling heads to ocean in Hobe Sound Beach

8:45 a.m. Thursday

Bridges to Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County are now open.

However, Indian River Drive remains closed from Walton Road south to the county line as crews work to clear downed power lines and debris.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office said parts of Indian River Drive have washed away and repairs could take several weeks.

8:20 a.m. Thursday

Parts of Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach are crumbling after Hurricane Nicole hit the area overnight Thursday.

Road crumbling in Jensen Beach

7:50 a.m. Thursday

Port St. Lucie police said officers came across a couple downed trees overnight Thursday, but there are no road closures or reports of flooding.

7:30 a.m. Thursday

Some of the most common damage we're seeing Thursday morning from Nicole is docks ripped up in both Palm Beach County and along the Treasure Coast.

7:15 a.m. Thursday

WPTV viewer Christopher Wingate captured an amazing picture of a double rainbow in northern Palm Beach County.

A double rainbow in northern Palm Beach County after Tropical Storm Nicole moved out of South Florida, Nov. 10, 2022.jpg
A double rainbow in northern Palm Beach County after Tropical Storm Nicole moved out of South Florida, Nov. 10, 2022.

7 a.m. Thursday

A large buoy washed ashore on Stuart Beach. Tropical Storm Nicole has moved out of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, making for a beautiful sunrise.

Buoy washes ashore on Stuart Beach

6:35 a.m.

Good morning! Nicole has moved out of South Florida, making for a beautiful sunrise over downtown West Palm Beach and Hobe Sound Beach.

Beautiful sunrise over Hobe Sound Beach

6:30 a.m.

Tropical Storm Nicole is now working its way into Central Florida and hammering the Flagler Beach Pier with heavy rain and gusty winds.

Tropical Storm Nicole hammers Flagler Beach Pier

5:45 a.m. Thursday

The force of Nicole spilt a power pole on Osprey Street, east of U.S. 1 in Hobe Sound.

No power lines are affected, and the Martin County Sheriff's Office is on scene in case the pole falls.

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A power pole split on Osprey Street, east of U.S. 1 in Hobe Sound, Nov. 10, 2022.

5 a.m. Thursday

A boardwalk at Sandsprit Park in Stuart is badly damaged from Tropical Storm Nicole, with chunks of wood planks and large pieces of a concrete barrier ripped out.

"This boardwalk is definitely not safe because it's ripped up all the way through," WPTV journalist Todd Wilson reported.

Dock torn up at Sandsprit Park in Stuart

4:30 a.m. Thursday

It's a quiet early morning along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach.

All of the flooding we saw Wednesday has receded, and a boat that crashed into a seawall on Wednesday is now slowly sinking.

3:55 a.m. Thursday

A Hampton Inn in Fort Pierce is without power, and employees are using glow sticks to see around the property.

"Nothing much we can do," front desk clerk Marshall Mink said. "It's something you live with in Florida."

Fort Pierce hotel without power

1:41 a.m. Thursday

There was a partial road washout along Indian River Drive in Martin County. The road is closed north of Jensen Beach Boulevard.

12:45 a.m. Thursday

Sandsprit Park in Stuart was inundated by storm surge from Hurricane Nicole.

Sandsprit Park in Stuart inundated by storm surge from Hurricane Nicole

8:17 p.m.

The Fort Pierce Utilities Authority said that their power crews have suspended restoration on South Hutchinson Island due to high winds.

Sustained winds above 35 mph pose a danger to field crews and bucket trucks, requiring staff to suspend restoration in the area until conditions improve.

5:20 p.m.

As Tropical Storm Nicole nears the Florida coast, large waves battered the Juno Beach Pier in northern Palm Beach County.

The big waves brought a large crowd of curious people to the area to take pictures and video of the scene.

Waves from Tropical Storm Nicole batter Juno Beach Pier

5 p.m.

A large tree fell in the Prospect Park neighborhood of West Palm Beach at about 5 p.m.

Tree down in Prospect Park in West Palm Beach from Hurricane Nicole, Nov. 9, 2022
A large tree came down in the Prospect Park neighborhood of West Palm Beach from Hurricane Nicole on Nov. 9, 2022.

4:45 p.m.

As Tropical Storm Nicole neared the Florida coast it brought high waves and strong squalls to Jensen Beach.

High waves, strong winds hit Jensen Beach

3:30 p.m.

WPTV First Alert Weather Spotter David Higgins provided this picture of rising water flooding the inside of Shrimper's Grill & Raw Bar in Stuart.

Shrimper's Grill & Raw Bar in Stuart flooded
Floodwater fills the interior of Shrimper's Grill & Raw Bar in Stuart as Tropical Storm Nicole nears the Treasure Coast.

2:45 p.m.

All bridges to North and South Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County will close at 4 p.m. Wednesday, public safety officials said.

In addition, A1A at the Indian River and Martin County lines will also close at 4 p.m.

2:35 p.m.

A spokeswoman for the Martin County Sheriff's Office said the agency gave about 40 people a ride to their homes in Sailfish Point since the roads were questionable.

They were on a bus coming back from a golf trip and the bus driver wasn’t sure if he could get through the floodwater.

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The Martin County Sheriff's Office helps residents during Tropical Storm Nicole, Nov. 9, 2022.

1:45 p.m.

In Okeechobee County, a county-wide curfew will go into effect starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday until 7 a.m. Thursday.

"During this time, it will be unsafe for anyone to travel on the roadways due to the propensity of flooding, flying debris, and fallen trees and powerlines due to the ground saturation and high winds," the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook.

1:30 p.m.

Boynton Beach resident Tova Hooper said this squirrel was using its tail as an umbrella as Tropical Storm Nicole brought rain bands to South Florida on Wednesday.

Squirrel in Boynton Beach uses tail as umbrella

12:45 p.m.

A live report from WPTV journalist Jessica Bruno at the Old Key Lime House restaurant in Lantana, where nearby Bicentennial Park is flooded and water is quickly rising over a seawall.

Flooding near Old Key Lime House in Lantana

12:15 p.m.

Flooding near the Old Key Lime House restaurant in Lantana. This local eatery is a popular spot for Florida Gators fans, and the neighborhood is certainly turning into a swamp on Wednesday.

12:00 p.m.

Bridges to the barrier island of Delray Beach are now closed. Police are only allowing beachside residents over the bridge.

The city manager has just issued a local state of emergency because of Tropical Storm Nicole.

11:45 a.m.

Vero Beach resident Brandon Putzke is planning to "check" Tropical Storm Nicole off his list.

Putzke sent WPTV a photo of his home boarded up, and the names of previous hurricanes Frances, Jeanne, Wilma, Matthew, Ian, and Dorian written on planks of plywood and checked off.

"We’ve been through a lot! Let’s hope we can check this one off with no significant damage!" Putzke wrote of Nicole.

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The names of previous hurricanes on a Vero Beach home boarded up for Tropical Storm Nicole, Nov. 9, 2022.

11:30 a.m.

On the south end of Hutchinson Island in Martin County, waves have washed out the foundation of a beach home under construction.

11:20 a.m.

Some boaters are hauling out last minute at Sandsprit Park in Stuart as floodwater is about to breach the parking lot.

11 a.m.

The waves are so rough in the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown West Palm Beach, a sailboat crashed into a seawall off Flagler Drive.

10:40 a.m.

Storm surge has breached parts of MacArthur Boulevard on Hutchinson Island, the Martin County Sheriff's Office said.

Residents who need to leave must do so now," the sheriff's office posted on Twitter. "High water rescue vehicles are in route."

10:30 a.m.

Workers at Twisted Tuna in Port Salerno are carrying tables inside. Storm surge already has the restaurant's entire back bar and seating area underwater.

10:15 a.m.

More flooding in downtown West Palm Beach, with parts of docks along Flagler Drive completely submerged.

"This is a double whammy because, not only do we have a storm coming in, we have unusual high tides," one boater said.

9:40 a.m.

Major flooding along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach. Cars are taking it slow through several inches of floodwater in front of the Palm Beach Yacht Club.

9:30 a.m.

A street in the 55-and-older Riverland Mobile Home Park in Stuart is completely flooded from tides in the St. Lucie River.

High tide is around 11 a.m. Wednesday, so the water will continue to rise over the coming hours.

9 a.m.

Police said storm surge from the Intracoastal Waterway in east Boynton Beach is effecting some streets near Marina Village.

Photos from the Boynton Beach Police Department showed parts of East Marina Way flooded, along with multiple boats still docked.

Palm Beach County has ordered mandatory evacuations for residents in Zones A and B, barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile homes.

8:35 a.m.

The tide is rising fast on the south end of Sewall's Point in Martin County, with waves surging over the seawall. Residents are concerned because high tide still isn't for a couple hours.

A voluntary evacuation is underway in Martin County for residents on barrier islands, as well as those in low-lying areas and mobile homes.

Tide surging onshore in Sewall's Point, Martin County

8:10 a.m.

With the waves really kicking up, two men moved the very last boat out of the Sewall's Point dock in Martin County and took it to a nearby marina. They admitted that moving the boat was a risky move.

7:50 a.m.

Martin County Fire Rescue said there have been multiple seawall breaches along MacArther Boulevard near Bathtub Beach. Drivers are urged to be cautious.

7:20 a.m.

The Riverland Mobile Home Park in Stuart, located right next to a boat dock, is quickly flooding and some of the roads are impassible.

Several homes are shuttered up, while others are not. Some residents said they're choosing not to evacuate and will ride the storm out.

Flooding at Riverland Mobile Home Park in Stuart

6:45 a.m.

Big waves are slamming the Palm Beach County coastline. Aerial video from WPTV Chopper 5 showed rough surf surging up to the sand dunes on Palm Beach and in the Palm Beach Inlet.

Chopper 5 video of big waves on Palm Beach

6:40 a.m.

There is some minor street flooding in the Riverland Mobile Home Park in Stuart. The St. Lucie River is overflowing into the roadway. Most residents are shuttered up.

6:30 a.m.

Rough surf is crashing the shoreline in Vero Beach. Storm surge of up to 5 feet is expected in some parts of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County, forecasters said.

6:20 a.m.

Mobile homes in a community near Kanner Highway in Stuart are shuttered up as Nicole inches closer to the Florida coast.

6 a.m.

Dozens of Florida Power and Light trucks are mobilized at the South Florida Fairgrounds near West Palm Beach and ready to respond to any weather-related power outages from Nicole.

"We know that it takes one tree branch to cause outages," FPL spokesman Jack Ebel said. "We're really asking for our customers' patience. As soon as it is safe to do so, our crews will be working around the clock, 24/7, until every last customer has their power back on."

Ebel said the winds have to be below 35 miles per hour for FPL to safely put workers in bucket trucks to repair power lines.

To see the latest power outage information in your area, click here.

FPL prepares for power outages from Tropical Storm Nicole

5:30 a.m.

Big waves are crashing against a seawall in Sewall's Point in Martin County, just feet from homes. Officials are urging residents on barrier islands, as well as those in low-lying areas and mobile homes, to evacuate.

Waves crash against seawall in Sewall's Point

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