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Florida County estimates damage from Nicole at $481 million


DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. (AP) — Damage is estimated at more than $481 million in a central Florida coastal county where homes washed into the Atlantic Ocean after Hurricane Nicole last week.

Damage from the Category 1 storm in Volusia County, where Daytona Beach is located, exceeded that from the much stronger Hurricane Ian, which caused $377 million in the county, officials said. Hurricane Ian, a Category 4 storm, made landfall in southwest Florida in late September and swept across the state.

Moody’s Investors Service estimated insured losses from Ian at between $40 billion and $70 billion in Florida and North Carolina.

Severe beach erosion from Ian left homes vulnerable to Nicole in Wilbur-by-the-Sea, a quaint beach community where single-family homes fell into the ocean last week. Volusia County officials said at least 30 single-family homes in Wilbur-by-the-Sea and seven single-family homes in nearby Ponce Bay were declared unsafe after Hurricane Nicole.

In Daytona Beach Shores and New Smyrna Beach, two dozen high-rise apartments were evacuated and building inspectors declared them unsafe.

Daytona Beach has the most property damage in the county, estimated at $370.3 million, according to the Volusia County Property Assessor. It was followed by New Smyrna Beach ($51.1 million) and Daytona Beach ($50 million).

The property assessor’s office warned that the numbers are likely to rise as more buildings are inspected.

For storm-weary Floridians, Nicole was the first November hurricane to hit their shores since 1985, and only the third since records began in 1853.

The storm caused five deaths in Florida. A man and a woman were electrocuted when they touched downed power lines in the Orlando area. Also in Orange County, one man was killed in a car crash and a male pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle due to poor road conditions. Another man died when waves smashed his yacht against a dock in Cocoa, despite efforts to resuscitate him by paramedics who managed to climb aboard when the boat broke loose from its moorings.


This story has been corrected to indicate that Hurricane Ian was a Category 4 storm, not a Category 3 storm.

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