Hurricane Nicole hit the east coast of the US state of Florida. In the morning (9:00 a.m. CET) its center was over North Hutchinson Island south of the town of Vero Beach. Wind speeds are currently reaching 120 kilometers per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The meteorologists had previously warned of strong winds, dangerous waves and heavy rain.
Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc in Florida at the end of September. According to media reports, around five million people in Florida are now affected by the hurricane warning. The authorities had called on residents to leave buildings deemed unsafe.
In Daytona Beach, which is still suffering severely from the consequences of "Ian", at least eleven buildings are in danger of collapsing, the broadcaster CNN reported, citing the local authorities. In Volusia County, 22 homes were evacuated. schools were closed. According to CNN, Orlando International Airport ceased flight operations on Wednesday afternoon.
According to CNN, "Nicole" would be the first hurricane in nearly 40 years to make landfall in the United States in the month of November. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th. In November, as a rule, not many hurricanes form.
"Nicole" had previously moved to the Bahamas, southwest of Florida. According to initial media reports, flooding occurred on the Abaco Islands and the island of Grand Bahama. Meteorologists expect the storm to weaken over the American mainland and continue towards the US states of Georgia and South Carolina.
Tropical cyclones form over warm ocean water. The number of severe storms is not increasing due to climate change, but the probability is.