Volusia deputies prepare for high-water rescues from Hurricane Nicole

News 6 rode along with crews as they traveled along A1A looking for anyone in need of help

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Volusia County deputies are out patrolling Wednesday night for people in need of rescue from flooding caused by Hurricane Nicole.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office held a briefing for high-water rescue teams around 7 p.m. before sending the first responders out on patrol.

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News 6 rode along with crews as they traveled along A1A looking for anyone in need of help. Around 8 p.m., the major stretch of road was virtually empty.

Volusia County has taken a pounding from Hurricane Nicole as strong surf has severely eroded beaches which were already worn thin by Hurricane Ian just a month earlier.

The relentless surf has forced the evacuation of more than a dozen condo complexes along the Volusia County coast.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued Wednesday morning for certain parts of the county ahead of Nicole’s arrival. A curfew was also put into effect at 7 p.m. Wednesday, which is set to last until 7 a.m. Thursday.

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 entirety of east Central Florida coast, for the potential of 3-5 feet of surge above ground level and as much as 6 feet in spots.

Strong and gusty onshore winds through Wednesday night will produce very high seas and large breaking waves. These winds, high seas and surf will combine with high tides to bring the threat of significant beach erosion around the times of the high tide cycle.

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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.

Treasure joined News 6 at the start of 2021, coming to the Sunshine State from Michigan.