Martin County avoided a direct hit from what is now Tropical Storm Nicole, which passed over as a hurricane just south of Vero Beach about 3 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm had maximum sustained winds of about 75 mph and brought higher gusts and strong rain, officials said.
The Treasure Coast hurricane warning was lifted after landfall, with a tropical storm warning still in effect in the morning.
The Treasure Coast still experienced wind gusts of 30-40 mph, with scattered showers throughout the area.
Here’s what’s happening in Martin County:
10:50 a.m. Island home damaged
Sand covers Southeast MacArthur Boulevard on Hutchinson Island after Hurricane Nicole hit overnight
The bottom section of a home on Hutchinson Island off MacArthur Boulevard on Hutchinson Island is wiped out from effects of Hurricane Nicole
8:50 a.m. Manatee Pocket
While storm surge water Wednesday and overnight overflowed onto the decks of a cluster of restaurants at the Manatee Pocket in Port Salerno, many appear to have weathered Hurricane Nicole with minimal damage.
Martin County officials say Northeast Indian River Drive is closed to local traffic only north of the Jensen Beach Causeway because of road washouts associated with Nicole. The county is mobilizing a contractor to make temporary repairs today.
8:40 a.m. Nests disturbed
It appears sea turtle eggs washed up onto the wooden boardwalk access at Santa Lucea Beach overnight in Martin County after Hurricane Nicole.
8 a.m. Assessing conditions
Martin County crews are out assessing storm damage, clearing debris from roadways and beginning to make repairs. Several roads are still closed or partially flooded, here’s a current list:
- N.E. Indian River Drive from N.E. Jane’s Terrace to N.E. Chardon Street
- S.E. Indian River Drive from S.E. Cabot Street to S.E. Heckler Drive
- S.E. MacArthur Boulevard from Santa Lucea Beach to Bathtub Beach
- S.W. Salerno Road west of S.W. Garnett Drive
- S.W. Seahawk Way east of S.W. Beach Way Avenue
Partially flooded, but passable
- Riverview Road
- S. Sewall’s Point Road from Marguerita Road to Rio Vista Drive
- 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 (1700 block)
- S.W. Mapp Road from S.W. Spruce Street to S.W. Naomi Street
- S.W. Mockingbird Lane east of S.W. Sandpiper Way
- S.W. Pine Tree Lane north of S.W. Magnolia Bluff Drive
7:30 a.m. Power outages
Out of 94,850 Florida Power & Light customers in Martin County, 3,390 were out of power as of 7:30 a.m., according to the company’s outspange mspanp. FPL has restored power to 11,040 customers out of 14,430 affected as Nicole moved through the area.
7:10 a.m. Rough seas
Seeing extremely rough seas Thursday morning at Fletcher Beach on Hutchinson Island Nov. 10, 2022 after Hurricane Nicole.
7 p.m. Hutchinson Island road damage
Martin County officials are assessing damage to Southeast MacArthur Boulevard on Hutchinson Island, after storm surge and high waters pushed ashore much of Wednesday.
6:45 a.m. Island road closed
Martin County Sheriff’s Deputies are blocking Southeast MacArthur Blvd at Northeast Plantation Road. Drivers are not permitted to go further south than Marriott Resort Hutchinson Island.
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