Hurricane Nicole Makes Florida Landfall Overnight

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

Hurricane Nicole made landfall on Florida’s east coast just south of Vero Beach in Indian River County and is now headed inland up into Central Florida. The center of the massive storm is projected to carve a path toward Florida’s Gulf Coast, but with tropical-storm-force winds stretching out 450 miles, the dangers from the storm continue to threaten nearly the entire state with the strongest winds located to the north and west of the storm’s center.

The NHC predicts the center of the storm will be just offshore north of Tampa by 1 p.m. before shifting more to the north-northwest and make a second landfall on the way toward Tallahassee and into the southern U.S. overnight into Friday. By 7 a.m., officials had shut down the Skyway Bridge across Tampa Bay because of winds now over 50 mph. Power outages have increased overnight across the state. At 7:20 a.m., more than 230,000 customers were without power.

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