Hurricane Nicole destroyed beachfront properties: Nicole toppled numerous homes into the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday and threatened a series of high-rise condominiums where Hurricane Ian wiped away the beach and seawalls weeks earlier.
In a Florida Town, Hurricane Nicole Destroyed Beachfront Properties
Trip Valigorsky’s family had lived in their oceanfront house in a small Florida town for nearly 15 years until it was destroyed last week by Hurricane Nicole’s severe storm surge and high winds. According to what Valigorsky told CNN, “this home was my grandma’s favorite location.” I spent some of my most memorable times with her here.
Many people in Wilbur-By-The-Sea, a coastal suburb, including Valigorksy, had their homes ruined or severely damaged by the storm.
At least 49 hotels and condominiums in Volusia County were evacuated after Hurricane Nicole, which made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday morning south of Vero Beach before falling into a tropical storm and then a post-tropical cyclone Friday afternoon.
Local footage shows properties being eroded by Nicole’s waves to the point of ruination. There is also footage of the county’s beach safety office being swept away by the flood waters. According to NOAA statistics, sea levels in this area of Florida have increased almost a foot in the last century, with the majority of that rise happening in the last three decades.
Especially during severe coastal storms, scientists and academics have long warned that rising sea levels will cause increased erosion and high-tide flooding. The storm surge this week has already demolished numerous seawalls that were built to defend coastal towns from strong waves and water levels. Valigorsky and his neighbors built a barrier on Tuesday to defend their homes from flooding, but by Wednesday, it had collapsed into the water.
“It was nerve-racking waiting to see whether it would fall, and here we are,” Valigorsky added. As Valigorsky watched the storm get more violent on Wednesday morning, he decided to pack up his dog and leave town. The house had been reduced to a garage and a foyer by the time he got back.
Valigorsky said he intends to repair his house alongside his neighbors who also suffered damage in Nicole’s wake. Phil Martin is another local whose entire house was destroyed by the hurricane this week.
What Martin witnessed “was the most horrible thing to behold,” he claimed. We didn’t anticipate things being this terrible.
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He explained that “everything occurred quickly with this one.” But we will recover and rebuild. The storm surge from Hurricane Ian, which slammed the eastern coast of Florida only six weeks earlier, destroyed the barrier that Martin and his neighbors had erected behind their homes. According to him, the seawall is no longer there.
According to a recent CNN interview, Brian McNoldy, a senior research associate at the University of Miami’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, said that the frequency with which storms occur makes aged seawalls even more susceptible.
High tides or tides that have been stirred by a storm are all it takes to wash away or put more stress on the walls, he added. If you don’t give areas time to recover between the two storms, which occurred only six weeks apart, the damage from both will be noticeable.
Longtime beach town resident Arlisa Payne said she was “shocked” by the devastation left by Hurricane Nicole on CNN affiliate Spectrum News 13. Payne’s house made it through the hurricane, but she is worried about the stability of the seawall in front of her property.
The mother of four children said it was difficult for the neighborhood to prepare for future storms because many of their neighbors’ homes were not destroyed by Hurricane Ian but were struck hard by Nicole. A lot of folks were taken off guard by this, she added. So, how do you get ready for something like this? It’s something that can’t be planned for.