Nicole causes Halifax River to jump banks, flood portions of Port Orange

Volusia expected to see winds reaching 50 to 80 mph with 4 to 8 inches of rain

PORT ORANGE, Fla. – The Halifax River has jumped its banks, causing some flooding in low-lying areas of Port Orange as Nicole bears down on Florida.

The storm made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane before weakening back to a tropical storm Thursday morning.

News 6 crews at Riverside Mobile Home and RV Park, 5277 South Ridgewood Ave., found high water covering the road.

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High winds had left a streetlight dangling from a utility pole. Debris was scattered along the side of the road, washed up from the river.

All mobile home parks in Volusia County are under a mandatory evacuation order.

In New Smyrna Beach, police are blocking the entrance to the barrier islands, which are also under those evacuation orders.

Many of the bridges in the county remain open, as of 1 a.m.,, but will close once sustained winds hit 39 mph.

Flagler, Volusia and Brevard counties are expected to see winds reaching 50 to 80 mph with 4 to 8 inches of rain.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.

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