Hurricane Nicole lashes Florida as Tiffany Trump ‘flips out’ ahead of lavish Mar-A-Lago wedding

Two people have died after they were electrocuted by a power line which was downed by the 75mph winds of Hurricane Nicole as it swept through Florida – ahead of Tiffany Trump’s lavish weekend wedding.

A man and a woman made contact with a power line in Conway, Orlando, after getting out of a car and were rushed to hospital where they later died according to Orange County Sheriff’s office.

The two deaths are the first confirmed as a result of Nicole, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

The Category 1 hurricane made landfall on North Hutchinson Island around 140 miles north of Miami at around 3am, becoming the first to hit the US in November for 40 years.

More than 330,000 people woke up without power along Florida’s coastline, for the second time in three months, as the clean up mission has started. 

At a press conference officials warned that waves could reach between eight and 16 feet along the east coast.

Gov. DeSantis has declared an emergency for at least 45 of the counties and will be adding more ‘out of an abundance of caution’.

He added that 61 school districts have been closed because of the storm, and 600 National Guard troops have been activated and seven urban search and rescue teams on standby.

Portions of A1A in Flagler Beach have been forced to close after parts of the road collapsed into the ocean because of the waves hitting the area. 

At least 15 condominiums in Daytona Beach have been evacuated by police over erosion caused by the storm let them at high risk of collapse.

At least 15 condominiums in Daytona Beach have been evacuated by police over erosion caused by the storm let them at high risk of collapse

At least 15 condominiums in Daytona Beach have been evacuated by police over erosion caused by the storm let them at high risk of collapse

Waves batter the coastline close to Daytona Beach in Florida destroying furniture as the water crashes into properties - getting dangerously close to being submerged underwater

Waves batter the coastline close to Daytona Beach in Florida destroying furniture as the water crashes into properties – getting dangerously close to being submerged underwater

Pictures taken on Thursday morning show Trump's Mar-A-Lago appearing undamaged by the Category 1 Hurricane which hit overnight

Pictures taken on Thursday morning show Trump’s Mar-A-Lago appearing undamaged by the Category 1 Hurricane which hit overnight

Portions of A1A in Flagler Beach have been forced to close after parts of the road collapsed into the ocean because of the waves hitting the area

Bits of the road fell into the ocean after the erosion

Portions of A1A in Flagler Beach have been forced to close after parts of the road collapsed into the ocean because of the waves hitting the area

Donald Trump will stay in his beloved Mar-A-Lago mansion, pictured yesterday, despite a mandatory evacuation order, with the main building sitting on a small rise that is about 15 feet above sea level

Donald Trump will stay in his beloved Mar-A-Lago mansion, pictured yesterday, despite a mandatory evacuation order, with the main building sitting on a small rise that is about 15 feet above sea level

The Category 1 hurricane made landfall on North Hutchinson Island around 140 miles north of Miami at around 3am, becoming the first to hit the US in November for 40 years

The Category 1 hurricane made landfall on North Hutchinson Island around 140 miles north of Miami at around 3am, becoming the first to hit the US in November for 40 years

Bride-to-be Tiffany Trump is said to be ‘flipping out’ as the hurricane heads towards post Palm Beach, with her father’s swanky Mar-A-Lago estate being evacuated until Friday evening

Bride-to-be Tiffany Trump is said to be ‘flipping out’ as the hurricane heads towards post Palm Beach, with her father’s swanky Mar-A-Lago estate being evacuated until Friday evening 

Trump’s Florida home is within the National Hurricane Center's forecast of uncertainty, with forecasters expecting some wind and rain from the storm to hit the location

Trump’s Florida home is within the National Hurricane Center’s forecast of uncertainty, with forecasters expecting some wind and rain from the storm to hit the location

At a press conference officials warned that waves could reach between eight and 16 feet along the east coast. Gov. DeSantis has declared an emergency for at least 45 of the counties and will be adding more ‘out of an abundance of caution’

At a press conference officials warned that waves could reach between eight and 16 feet along the east coast. Gov. DeSantis has declared an emergency for at least 45 of the counties and will be adding more ‘out of an abundance of caution’

Staff were sent home according to Page Six , with Tiffany and her fiancé, billionaire heir Michael Boulous, remaining at the resort with her family

Staff were sent home according to Page Six , with Tiffany and her fiancé, billionaire heir Michael Boulous, remaining at the resort with her family

Soon after making landfall Nicole was downgraded into a Tropical Storm – hitting Florida with winds of up to 75mph and is now moving in the direction of Georgia and South Carolina.

Bride-to-be Tiffany Trump is said to be ‘flipping out’ as the hurricane heads towards post Palm Beach, with her father’s swanky Mar-A-Lago estate being evacuated until Friday evening.

Torrential rain is still expected to hit for her wedding on Saturday, but winds are expected to have calmed down before the big day.  

Staff were sent home according to Page Six, with Tiffany and her fiancé, billionaire heir Michael Boulous, remaining at the resort with her family.

A source said: ‘They’ve sent staff home. Tiffany is still there. Some guests came in for the week, and they had all these things planned.

‘It was going to be a whole over-the-top thing. They had to cancel events today and canceled a golf outing for tomorrow. Everyone is stuck inside.

‘Friday is supposed to be a welcome dinner and they aren’t sure it’s going to happen … Tiffany is flipping out.’

Trump’s Florida home is within the National Hurricane Center’s forecast of uncertainty, with forecasters expecting some wind and rain from the storm to hit the location.

Tiffany, the daughter of former President Trump and his ex-wife Marla Maples, has reportedly invited at least 500 people for the wedding who are flying in from all over the globe.

A boat appears to be partially submerged after flash flooding in Ft Pierce  with parts of the pier also destroyed in the storm

A boat appears to be partially submerged after flash flooding in Ft Pierce  with parts of the pier also destroyed in the storm

The last storms to hit the panhandle at this time of the year were Hurricane Kate in 1985, and Hurricane Eloise in 1975

The last storms to hit the panhandle at this time of the year were Hurricane Kate in 1985, and Hurricane Eloise in 1975

Three homes were decimated in New Smyrna Beach in the aftermath of Nicole just months after initially being blasted by deadly Hurricane Ian

Three homes were decimated in New Smyrna Beach in the aftermath of Nicole just months after initially being blasted by deadly Hurricane Ian 

A man and a woman were travelling in a car when they made contact with a power line in Conway, Orlando, and were rushed to hospital where they later died according to Orange County Sheriffs office

A man and a woman were travelling in a car when they made contact with a power line in Conway, Orlando, and were rushed to hospital where they later died according to Orange County Sheriffs office

Properties on Daytona Beach were hit badly by the water, with footage from Thursday morning showing water still battering the coastline

Properties on Daytona Beach were hit badly by the water, with footage from Thursday morning showing water still battering the coastline

Waves crash on Anglin's Fishing Pier at the end of Commercial Blvd. in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea after part of the pier was destroyed by the waves

Waves crash on Anglin’s Fishing Pier at the end of Commercial Blvd. in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea after part of the pier was destroyed by the waves

Properties in Volusia County were on the verge of toppling into the sea after the storm battered the coast and eradicated the land under their homes

Properties in Volusia County were on the verge of toppling into the sea after the storm battered the coast and eradicated the land under their homes 

Hollywood's Broadwalk and Michigan Street next to Margaritaville were flooded with storm surge waters as Nicole made landfall at 3am

Hollywood’s Broadwalk and Michigan Street next to Margaritaville were flooded with storm surge waters as Nicole made landfall at 3am

The hurricane, a rare occurrence this late in the year, comes just weeks after Florida was battered by deadly Cat 5 Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms to hit the United States.

A hangover from the storm could see flash flooding and other freak weather in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York later in the week.

Officials in Volusia COunty are keeping an eye on 34 buildings they are concerned will collapse, with deputies going door-to-door to urge residents to leave the coastline.

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said: ‘Sadly, it’s not a matter of if something is going to collapse, it’s when. This is really bad, that’s why we had a curfew and a mandatory evacuation.’

A beach safety building collapsed at Daytona Beach early Wednesday afternoon as high tides contributed to the already eroded eastern coastline.

Before landfall, dramatic footage already showed waves crunching into piers across the eastern coast – sending wooden shards spiralling into the sea.

At least 11,000 Floridian homes and businesses were hit by blackouts just after 5am because of the storm, with 45 of the state’s 67 counties under a state of emergency and four under mandatory evacuation orders.

DeSantis said 16,000 people had been recruited to respond to power outages following the storm and 600 national guardsmen had been activated.

Nicole becomes the first hurricane to hit the US in November in nearly 40 years, and only the third in history to make landfall in Florida that month. 

The last storms to hit the panhandle at this time of the year were Hurricane Kate in 1985, and Hurricane Eloise in 1975.

The hurricane, a rare occurrence this late in the year, comes just weeks after Florida was battered by deadly Cat 5 Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms to hit the United States

The hurricane, a rare occurrence this late in the year, comes just weeks after Florida was battered by deadly Cat 5 Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms to hit the United States

In this aerial view, flood water surround a building after Hurricane Nicole came ashore on Wednesday, leaving properties flooded

In this aerial view, flood water surround a building after Hurricane Nicole came ashore on Wednesday, leaving properties flooded

Waves crash into a beachfront park, destroying a structure, after Hurricane Nicole made landfall on Florida's east coast

Waves crash into a beachfront park, destroying a structure, after Hurricane Nicole made landfall on Florida’s east coast

Brave surfers considered getting into the water on Thursday morning after monster waves made part of a pier collapse in the tropical storm

Brave surfers considered getting into the water on Thursday morning after monster waves made part of a pier collapse in the tropical storm

The hurricane, a rare occurrence this late in the year, comes just weeks after Florida was battered by deadly Cat 5 Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms to hit the United States

The hurricane, a rare occurrence this late in the year, comes just weeks after Florida was battered by deadly Cat 5 Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms to hit the United States

Mar-A-Lago appeared unscathed by the extreme weather on Thursday morning, with the palm trees looking untouched by the 75mph winds

Mar-A-Lago appeared unscathed by the extreme weather on Thursday morning, with the palm trees looking untouched by the 75mph winds

Tiffany and her father Donald both remained at the Florida resort despite a mandatory evacuation notice being issued because of the storm

Tiffany and her father Donald both remained at the Florida resort despite a mandatory evacuation notice being issued because of the storm

Daytona beach was hit hard by the flooding and 75mph winds, as residents were under a mandatory evacuation order for the second time in weeks

Daytona beach was hit hard by the flooding and 75mph winds, as residents were under a mandatory evacuation order for the second time in weeks 

Volusia County was battered by the high winds and flooding from the storm surge, with 300,000 residents left without power because of the hurricane

Volusia County was battered by the high winds and flooding from the storm surge, with 300,000 residents left without power because of the hurricane

NASA launch could be delayed again by Hurricane Nicole 

Nicole has raised concerns that a long-delayed NASA rocket launch could be disrupted again.

The storm is heading towards NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, located near Florida’s eastern city of Orlando, having already disrupted plans to launch the agency’s most powerful rocket next week.

The Artemis 1 mission had been due to launch on November 14, but NASA said on Tuesday it would be delayed to November 16.

A backup launch date has been set for November 19.

NASA said it would leave the giant 322-foot (98-meter) SLS rocket on the launch pad, where it had been placed several days before.

Some experts have voiced concern that the rocket, which is estimated to cost several billion dollars, could be damaged by debris from the hurricane if it remains exposed.

After two launch attempts were scrubbed this summer because of technical problems, the rocket had to be returned to the Vehicle Assembly Building to protect it from Hurricane Ian.

The uncrewed mission aims to bring the United States a step closer to returning astronauts to the Moon five decades after humans last walked on its surface.

Waters could surge up to four feet, with coastal towns at risk for wash-outs and severe flooding. 

Up to six inches of rain are expected to fall as the storm moves across the state.

Water levels on Florida’s east coach are reaching their peak, more than five hours after Hurricane Nicole made landfall.

The storm surge has lessened to three feet but the rising tide levels are nearing four feet above the normal highest tide.

Authorities warned that Nicole’s storm surge could further erode many beaches hit by Hurricane Ian in September. 

The sprawling storm is then forecast to head into Georgia and the Carolinas later Thursday and Friday, dumping heavy rain across the region. 

Tropical storm force winds extended as far as 485 miles from the center in some directions. 

Nicole’s center is expected to move across central and northern Florida into southern Georgia on Thursday and into the evening, and into the Carolinas on Friday.

A few tornadoes will be possible through early Thursday across east-central to northeast Florida, the weather service said. 

Flash and urban flooding will be possible, along with renewed river rises on the St. Johns River, across the Florida Peninsula on Thursday. 

Heavy rainfall from this system will spread northward across portions of the southeast, eastern Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and New England through Saturday.

Large swells generated by Nicole will affect the northwestern Bahamas, the east coast of Florida, and much of the southeastern United States coast over the next few days.

Nicole is expected to weaken while moving across Florida and the southeastern United States through Friday, and it is likely to become a post-tropical cyclone by Friday afternoon.

Donald Trump will stay in his beloved Mar-A-Lago mansion despite a mandatory evacuation order, with the main building sitting on a small rise that is about 15 feet above sea level and the property has survived numerous stronger hurricanes since it was built nearly a century ago.

There is no penalty for ignoring an evacuation order, but rescue crews will not respond if it puts their members at risk.

The announcement came just a day after Trump’s ‘red wave’ failed to dominate the Midterm Elections, as many of his nominations failed to pull out in the polls. However, Trump still considered the midterms to be a ‘very big victory.’

‘While in certain ways yesterday’s election was somewhat disappointing, from my personal standpoint it was a very big victory – 219 WINS and 16 Losses in the General – Who has ever done better than that?’ he said on his Truth Social platform.

At least 15 condominiums in Daytona Beach have been evacuated by police over erosion caused by the storm let them at high risk of collapse

At least 15 condominiums in Daytona Beach have been evacuated by police over erosion caused by the storm let them at high risk of collapse

Waves crash into a lifeguard booth after Hurricane Nicole made landfall on Florida's east coast, in Daytona Beach Shores

Waves crash into a lifeguard booth after Hurricane Nicole made landfall on Florida’s east coast, in Daytona Beach Shores

People look on from one of the access to the beach after Hurricane Nicole landfall at Vero Beach, Florida

People look on from one of the access to the beach after Hurricane Nicole landfall at Vero Beach, Florida

A worker removes downed palm fronds at Jetty Park after the area was battered by high winds because of tropical storm Nicole

A worker removes downed palm fronds at Jetty Park after the area was battered by high winds because of tropical storm Nicole

A hangover from the storm could see flash flooding and other freak weather in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York later in the week

A hangover from the storm could see flash flooding and other freak weather in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York later in the week

Storm tides hit Daytona Beach withdramatic footage already showing waves crunching into piers across the eastern coast - sending wooden shards spiralling into the sea

Storm tides hit Daytona Beach withdramatic footage already showing waves crunching into piers across the eastern coast – sending wooden shards spiralling into the sea

Workers board up a store with plywood in Daytona Beach Shores to try to limit the damage caused weeks after being hit by Hurricane Ian

Workers board up a store with plywood in Daytona Beach Shores to try to limit the damage caused weeks after being hit by Hurricane Ian

Flash and urban flooding will be possible, along with renewed river rises on the St. Johns River, across the Florida Peninsula on Thursday

Flash and urban flooding will be possible, along with renewed river rises on the St. Johns River, across the Florida Peninsula on Thursday

Residential buildings already damaged by Hurricane Ian and now threatened by Nicole. At some locations, authorities went door-to-door telling people to grab their possessions and leave.

Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort announced they likely would not open as scheduled Thursday.

More than 1,200 flights have been cancelled today after the storm made landfall, with 900 flights being cancelled the day before.

Orlando International Airport was the worst affected and was closed on Wednesday along with Palm Beach International Airport.

Daytona, Beach International Airport, Palm Beach International Airport, Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport all reported delays or cancellations on Wednesday.

Farther south, officials said Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport experienced some flight delays and cancellations, but both remained open.

At a news conference in Tallahassee, Gov. Ron DeSantis said that winds were the biggest concern and significant power outages could occur, but that 16,000 linemen were on standby to restore power as well as 600 guardsmen and seven search and rescue teams.

‘It will affect huge parts of the state of Florida all day,’ DeSantis said of the storm’s expected landing.

Daniel Brown, a senior hurricane specialist at the Miami-based National Hurricane Center, said the storm would affect a large part of the state.

‘Because the system is so large, really almost the entire east coast of Florida except the extreme southeastern part and the Keys is going to receive tropical storm force winds,’ he said.

Vehicles drive through a flooded street after Hurricane Nicole came ashore on November 10 in Fort Pierce, Florida

Vehicles drive through a flooded street after Hurricane Nicole came ashore on November 10 in Fort Pierce, Florida

A man looks on from one of the access to the beach after Hurricane Nicole landfall at Vero Beach, Florida

A man looks on from one of the access to the beach after Hurricane Nicole landfall at Vero Beach, Florida

Officials in Volusia, which is located near Orlando, said the hurricane will likely cause severe damage to the area, which is still recovering from Hurricane Ian

Officials in Volusia, which is located near Orlando, said the hurricane will likely cause severe damage to the area, which is still recovering from Hurricane Ian

The announcement came just a day after Trump's 'red wave' failed to dominate the Midterm Elections, as many of his nominations failed to pull out in the polls. However, Trump still considered the midterms to be a 'very big victory'

The announcement came just a day after Trump’s ‘red wave’ failed to dominate the Midterm Elections, as many of his nominations failed to pull out in the polls. However, Trump still considered the midterms to be a ‘very big victory’

A man uses his phone to take photos ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Nicole, in Daytona Beach

A man uses his phone to take photos ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Nicole, in Daytona Beach

Nicole's center is expected to move across central and northern Florida into southern Georgia on Thursday and into the evening, and into the Carolinas on Friday

Nicole’s center is expected to move across central and northern Florida into southern Georgia on Thursday and into the evening, and into the Carolinas on Friday

Early Wednesday, President Joe Biden declared an emergency in Florida and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts to the approaching storm. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is still responding to those in need from Hurricane Ian.

The National Hurricane Center said: ‘Storm surge could raise water levels by as much as four to six feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast of the northwestern Bahamas in areas of onshore winds.’

Alongside surges, residents can expect ‘large and destructive waves’ and rain is expected to fall through Saturday.

Residents have spent the last couple of days rushing to stock up on gas and essentials as they prepare for the worst.

Officials in Volusia, which is located near Orlando, said the hurricane will likely cause severe damage to the area, which is still recovering from Hurricane Ian.

The evacuation areas in Palm Beach cover the county’s zones A and B, which includes barrier islands, low-lying areas, and mobile home communities, and was issued on Election Day – with rain and winds already seen in the Southeast part of the state are not expected to affect any voting sites.

Also included in the evacuation notice, issued by County Mayor Robert Weinroth at a 2pm news conference on Tuesday, was nearly all of the county’s coastline – home to several beachside locales in cities such as Boca Raton and Boynton Beach.

The evacuations, which go into effect 7am Wednesday, applies to nearly 120,000 residents – 52,000 of them living in mobile homes throughout the county and 67,000 along the coast, officials warned during the conference.

The county has since closed all 236 of its public school and announced that shelters will open at seven of them in their stead once the evacuation is underway. In total, nine shelters will be available for the public to use.

Residents were seen stocking up on bulk items at BJs – a wholesale store – carting around toilet paper and water, as well as, snacks and cat litter.

Author: Harshit Bajpai

With over 2 years of experience in the field of journalism, Harshit Bajpai heads the editorial operations of the Elite News as the Executive Writer.

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