By Ben Burke (Producer), Stacey Chamberlain (Producer)
Remnants from the former Hurricane Nicole, now a tropical depression, dropped rain from Georgia to New York Friday. According to the National Hurricane Center, as of 10:00 a.m. EST, the storm was located about 35 miles north of Atlanta, with maximum sustained winds down to 30 mph.
Forecasters have issued a string of tornado warnings in North and South Carolina, with much of both states, as well as Virginia, also under a tornado watch.
As Nicole threatens the Carolinas and Virginia, Floridians are picking up the pieces after this week’s storm killed at least 5 people and ripped apart buildings with its dangerous storm surge and powerful winds.
In Volusia County, Florida, at least 49 beachfront properties, including hotels and condos, have been deemed “unsafe.” Officials said more buildings will likely be identified as compromised. Some oceanfront homes near Daytona Beach collapsed into the ocean.
Nicole also pushed a huge volume of water onshore, tearing through infrastructure already strained by Ian.
The tornado watch in effect Friday covers almost 13 million people. According to the Storm Prediction Center, the tornado threat is expected to expand considerably as Nicole’s remnants move north through mid afternoon.
Nicole is the first hurricane to hit the U.S. in the month of November in nearly 40 years.