Flagler College floods as Hurricane Nicole hits St. Augustine

Some roads still not drivable, officials say

St. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – St. Augustine sits more than 150 miles up Florida’s Atlantic coast from where Nicole made landfall Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane, but it was not spared much of same damage assessed throughout Central Florida after the storm.

Photos and video from St. Johns County show roads washed out, streets flooded and more evidence the hurt Nicole left behind extends beyond Central Florida.

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Hurricane Nicole made landfall early Thursday in North Hutchinson Island before weakening to a tropical storm about an hour later, tracking northwest across Florida’s midsection and Panhandle on a path to Georgia to later become a tropical depression.

News crews witnessed first responders rush to help a man who had been shocked by a downed power line.

Mateo Zajni, a witness, is seen running through the water to flag down police officers. Fortunately, Zajni said one of the officers had equipment on him that helped revive the injured man.

“Once he got there, they dragged the man to a safe spot. The officer, thankfully, did get the equipment on him, and they had, from what I heard... he had a good heartbeat,” Zajni said.

At last check, that man was in critical condition at the hospital.

St. Augustine’s historic district also saw significant impacts from Nicole. Cell phone video shows what the flooding looked like at Flagler College, where officials say damage assessments will be performed Friday. Another video shows a surfer paddling through an intersection as waters rose above the streets.

Officials warn some of the roads are still not drivable.

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Crystal Moyer is a morning news anchor who joined the News 6 team in 2020.