DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Florida. – Daytona Beach Shores police and Volusia County deputies are going door to door at 12 condo complexes and a hotel along the beach that are in danger of collapsing due to powerful storm surge caused by Tropical Storm Nicole.
“Our building manager had already deemed five of them unsafe, but after the last high tide cycle discovered that the mitigation measures these properties had taken to stop the damage Ian had done had failed and six more properties are now being evacuated,” the chief said. said Mike Fowler.
Fowler added that there was a distinct possibility of structural collapse in these 11 buildings; however, Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the total number of buildings included 12 condo complexes and at least one hotel.
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“We don’t want to be in these buildings,” Fowler said. “These buildings are not safe. People ignored the county’s warning for a mandatory evacuation of the entire beach. So now we have our people there and we’re trying to get them out as soon as possible. »
According to city officials, buildings evacuated included St. Kitts, Grand Coquina, Twin Towers North, Marbella, Pirates Cove and Sunglow Resort. They were evacuated around 2 p.m., the city said.
Sheriff Mike Chitwood said other buildings were at risk of collapse in Wilbur-by-the-Sea.
Hurricane Nicole will continue to track west toward Florida’s east coast during the day, with an expected landfall near northern Palm Beach County late Wednesday and early Thursday morning.
Flagler, Volusia and Brevard counties are expected to see winds reaching 50 to 80 mph with 4 to 8 inches of rain.
A storm surge warning remains in effect for the entire east coast of central Florida, for potential 3 to 5 feet of surge above ground level and up to 6 feet in places. .
Strong and gusty outflow winds through Wednesday evening will produce very high seas and large breaking waves. These winds, high seas and waves will combine with high tides to create a threat of significant beach erosion at times of the high tide cycle.
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