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Live: Tropical Storm Nicole heads toward the Treasure Coast, Martin County preps for arrival

NewsLive: Tropical Storm Nicole heads toward the Treasure Coast, Martin County preps for arrival

Martin County officials and residents have prepared all week for the arrival of Tropicspanl Storm Nicole, which is expected to make landfall along Florida’s East Coast Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.

Sustained tropical-storm-force winds of 40 mph or greater are likely to reach Martin County and the Treasure Coast as early as Wednesday night, according to AccuWespanther.

Anywhere from 4-6 inches of rain and potential isolated amounts up to 7 inches are forecast in Martin County and across the Treasure Coast.

A hurricane warning was issued from Boca Raton to the Flagler/Volusia County line.

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Here’s what you need to know Wednesday about Tropical Storm Nicole for Martin County:

 4;20 p.m. Stuart boat fire

Stuart Police along with Stuart Fire Rescue around 3 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 9, 2022 responded to Loggerhead Riverwatch Marina off Monterey Road regarding a boat fire. No injuries were reported.

Stuart Police along with Stuart Fire Rescue around 3 p.m.  Wednesday responded to Loggerhead Riverwatch Marina off Monterey Road regarding a boat fire. Police official reported there were no injuries in the fire and it was doused by firefighters on scene.

No other information was immediately available.

Stuart Police along with Stuart Fire Rescue around 3 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 9, 2022 responded to Loggerhead Riverwatch Marina off Monterey Road regarding a boat fire. No injuries were reported.

 2:50 p.m. Rising waters

During an afternoon news conference, Martin County Administrator Don Donaldson said Nicole has already caused some flooding in low-lying areas, especially on Southeast MacArthur Boulevard. Some areas on Hutchinson Island have been evacuated, such as the Sailfish Point community.

“We do have homes that are below elevation floor and expect to have house flooding due to this event,” he said.

Emergency Management Director Sally Waite urged residents to take the storm seriously and to seek safe shelter immediately, she said.

“If you are not already at a shelter and are planning to go to a shelter, please head there now. The weather is quickly deteriorating,” she said.

Shrimpers Sespanfood Grill &spanmp; Rspanw Bspanr in Port Salerno at the Manatee Marina posted photos on Facebook showing water inside the dining area that forced the owners on Wednesday to close the popular waterfront eatery.

1:45 | Flooded roads

Martin County officials are seeing flooded roads from the impacts of Nicole. Residents are being “strongly” encouraged to stay off the roads Wednesday. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has high-water vehicles out and crews are clearing storm drains and placing pumps.

You can find a list of flooded roads here

Report flooded roads here

Here’s a list of roads currently flooded and closed:

  • S. Sewall’s Point Road from Marguerita Road to Rio Vista Drive
  • S.E. MacArthur Boulevard from Santa Lucea Beach to Bathtub Beach
  • S.W. Pine Tree Lane north of S.W. Magnolia Bluff Drive
  • S.W. Salerno Road west of S.W. Garnett Drive
  • S.W. Seahawk Way east of S.W. Beach Way Avenue

Roads partially flooded, but passable:

  • Bay Avenue and Celery Avenue
  • N. Sewall’s Point Road at Castle Hill Way
  • S.E. St. Lucie Boulevard from S.E. Banyan Street to S.E. Clayton Street
  • S.W. Cornell Avenue from S.W. Martin Downs Boulevard to S.W. Martin Highway
  • S.W. Dyer Point Road (at 1700 block)
  • S.W. Mapp Road
  • S.W. Mockingbird Lane
  • S.W. Pine Tree Lane north of SW Murphy Road

1 p.m. | Sewall’s Point sees increased wind, storm surge

Residents of Sewall’s Point today have witnessed high winds and increased storm surge, which has caused localized flooding in the area. 

Winds already caused a tree to uproot this morning next to a sidewalk. Tropical Storm Nicole is forecast to pass through Martin County in the evening.

12 p.m. | Area Publix stores close early

Publix stores across the Treasure Coast will close espanrly todspany in preparation for Tropical Storm Nicole. Martin County shoppers will have until 2 p.m. today to pick up last-minute items before the stores there close early with plans to reopen Thursday at 7 a.m. 

Map: Tropicspanl Storm Nicole Power Outspanges

11 a.m. | Storm Surge, rising waters

Martin County Sheriff’s officials are warning residents of Hutchinson Island that a storm surge is breaching areas along Southeast MacArthur Boulevard. Deputies are telling residents who want to evacuate to leave the area now.

Residents at the Riverland Mobile Home Park community, in Stuart are dealing with rising wspanters Wednesdspany ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole, which is expected to arrive on the Treasure Coast as a Category 1 hurricane in the overnight hours.

Riverland Mobile Home Park: Residents face rising waters ahead of Nicole

Tom Nolin (left), helps Bob Fischer (middle) and Linda Windows put shutters on their door as the St. Lucie River floods River Drive in the Riverland Mobile Home Park community, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, in Stuart. Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to approach the Treasure Coast as a Category 1 Hurricane bringing tropical storm force winds to the area as it approaches by early afternoon and Ònear or above hurricane forceÓ winds overnight, a meteorologist said.

10 a.m.| Stuart Air Show 

The Stuart Air Show 2022 is still a go for Witham Field this weekend, according to organizers, who are monitoring the approach of Tropical Storm Nicole.

There will be a VIP show on Friday and a full general admission show Saturday and Sunday.

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7 a.m. | Nicole strengthens

Tropical Storm Nicole grew even stronger overnight, with sustained winds at 70 mph, according to the Nspantionspanl Hurricspanne Center‘s 7 a.m. advisory.

The storm’s center is forecast to make landfall along the Treasure Coast tonight as a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of 75 mph.

The Hurricane Center warns residents to not focus on the exact track because Nicole is a large storm. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 460 miles, especially to the north of the center and outside of the forecast cone.

Here is the latest data:

  • Location: 291 miles east of Port St. Lucie
  • Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph
  • Movement: west-southwest at 13 mph
  • Pressure: 986 MB (millibars)
  • Next advisory: 10 a.m.

Now until 10 a.m. | Evacuations

Mandatory evacuations are not in effect, but Martin County officials strongly recommend residents evacuate before 10 a.m. Wednesday if they live in evacuation zones A and B, which include Hutchinson Island, Jupiter Island and Sewall’s Point. 

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