State of emergency declared over rare November hurricane (includes video story)

Rare November subtropical storm, Nicole, could grow into a hurricane later this week. On Twitter, the National Hurricane Center announced storm surge watches from Florida’s east coast up to Georgia.

On Wednesday, Nicole is expected to bring strong winds and rain with the storm making landfall that night. Some worry that voter turnouts could be impacted on Tuesday as Floridians prepare for the storm.

Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in at least 34 counties. He warns, “Floridians are reminded to prepare for an increased risk of coastal flooding, heavy winds, rain, rip currents and beach erosion.”

This latest system approaches less than two months after Hurricane Ian slammed Florida’s west coast, killing at least 114 people and leaving parts of western and central Florida unrecognizable. Hurricane Ian hit landfall at a Category 4 and left homes flattened, infrastructure crumbled and businesses destroyed.

The clean-up for Ian could take years, but for now Floridians brace once again for what could be another hurricane. 

Samantha Gutierrez is a student journalist majoring in Digital Communication and Media. As a bilingual reporter, she enjoys covering stories about her diverse Miami community. With a strong passion for broadcasting, she aspires to pursue a career as a multimedia journalist in South Florida.