November 10, 2022 Hurricane Nicole news

By Amir Vera, Jason Hanna, Christina Walker, Nouran Salahieh and Travis Caldwell, CNN

Updated 1:45 a.m. ET, November 11, 2022
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12:00 a.m. ET, November 10, 2022

Thousands of flights canceled as Hurricane Nicole approaches

From CNN's Pete Muntean

Airlines are canceling thousands of flights ahead of Hurricane Nicole.

Data from flight tracking site FlightAware shows as of 10 p.m. ET, carriers in the US have canceled more than 900 Wednesday flights and another 1,100 flights on Thursday.

Orlando International Airport tops cancelations nationwide. The airport ceased commercial operations Wednesday afternoon. Images tweeted from the airport’s verified account show jet bridges tied down and ticket counters covered in plastic.

American, Delta, Southwest, and United Airlines have all issued travel waivers allowing impacted passengers to rebook their flights free of charge.

Southwest Airlines, which operates heavily in Florida, “has trimmed operations at a number of airports we serve in Florida,” including stopping flights into and out of Palm Beach.

“As of now, we plan to resume operations, as weather and infrastructure permit, at those airports tomorrow,” Southwest said in a Wednesday statement.

12:38 a.m. ET, November 10, 2022

WATCH: Home teeters on edge of sandy cliff ahead of Nicole's arrival

From CNN’s Sara Smart

Krista Goodrich captured video of damage to a property she manages in Wilbur-By-The-Sea, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon, as Nicole’s winds started to hit Florida’s east coast.

Goodrich told CNN the owner of the house was in his backyard enjoying drinks with his friends Tuesday night, and by Wednesday morning the entire area was gone.

"Last night we still had about 30 feet of backyard," Goodrich said. "This morning it was all gone and parts of the properties nearby were collapsing into the ocean."

The owner of the house has since evacuated along with all the furniture and belongings inside, Goodrich said. She hopes the property will withstand the storm but fully expects it to be completely gone.

See Goodrich's videos below:

12:00 a.m. ET, November 10, 2022

Universities across Florida are closed today

From CNN’s Sara Smart

As Hurricane Nicole makes its way toward Florida as a Category 1 hurricane, colleges and universities across the state are closing and canceling classes.

Florida State University, the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, and the University of North Florida will close on Thursday, November 10.

The University of South Florida will move all classes remotely on Thursday, and the campus will remain closed.

12:31 a.m. ET, November 10, 2022

Flood warning in effect for St. Johns River in Florida

From CNN's Haley Brink

A flood warning is in effect until further notice for the St. Johns River near Astor and Deland in Florida, according to the National Weather Service office in Melbourne.

“The forecast point at Astor is rising quickly due to north to northeast winds causing a backup of levels at the southern end of Lake George,” the weather service said on Wednesday.
“The forecast point at Deland is currently rising quickly due to a combination of northeast winds and 1 to 2 inches of rainfall that has already fallen associated with Hurricane Nicole.”

The river gauge at Astor is quickly approaching major flood stage (4 feet) and is forecast to crest at 4.2 feet early Thursday morning. At 4 feet, “major flooding occurs, with water entering the first story of many homes and businesses along the river,” according to the weather service. “Some roads inaccessible and rescues likely needed.”

The river gauge at Deland is quickly approaching moderate flood stage (4.8 feet) and is forecast to crest around 4.9 feet on Friday. At 4.8 feet, “water starts to enter low lying buildings around Hontoon Island,” according to the weather service. “Many secondary roads and homes in low lying areas are flooded.”

Both of these river gauges along the St. Johns River have been in flood stage since Hurricane Ian brought flooding rains to the region just six weeks ago.

12:00 a.m. ET, November 10, 2022

Residents and visitors in South Carolina need to prepare for Nicole, authorities say

From CNN’s Joe Sutton

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is alerting residents and visitors to prepare for likely impacts from Nicole later this week after it makes landfall along Florida's east coast.

"Forecasters with the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center believe South Carolina could experience periods of heavy rain, gusty winds, tornadoes and storm surge due to Tropical Storm Nicole, with the greatest impacts beginning Thursday and lasting into Friday,” SCEMD said in a Wednesday news release

The agency is also asking residents to have their emergency plans in place.

“The exact location and the severity of what Tropical Storm Nicole does to our state will depend on its intensity,” SCEMD Director Kim Stenson said. “Given the uncertainty of the storm’s strength and path as it approaches South Carolina, residents need to have their personal emergency plans ready to go just in case we need to take safety precautions later in the week.”

The agency said it is working with local and state agencies in preparation for Nicole. 

12:00 a.m. ET, November 10, 2022

Restaurant owners prepare and brace for the incoming storm

From CNN’s Leyla Santiago

Jorge Morales and Karla Llanes are seen putting up storm panels on their restaurant, Nini's Cuban Restaurant, on Wednesday, November 9.
Jorge Morales and Karla Llanes are seen putting up storm panels on their restaurant, Nini's Cuban Restaurant, on Wednesday, November 9. (Leyla Santiago/CNN)

Jorge Morales and Karla Llanes, who both own Nini's Cuban Restaurant, were putting up the last storm panel on their business Wednesday afternoon in Melbourne, Florida, as they prepared for Hurricane Nicole.

The storm is expected to hit Florida early Thursday morning as a Category 1 hurricane.

"We are trying to do everything possible (to prepare) right now," Llanes said. "We have a generator."

Power remained her biggest concern because it could result in loss of business. 

"We know it’s going to be out because of the winds," Llanes said.

Every day that goes by without power, we may have to remain closed," Llanes said.

Brevard County has four shelters open. Rachel Horst, Brevard County spokesperson, told CNN there were about 30 individuals at the shelters as of Wednesday afternoon. Horst also emphasized the county does not close causeways before a storm to give residents every opportunity to evacuate.