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Rebecca Falconer
Updated Nov 11, 2022 - Science

Deadly storm Nicole lashes Southeast with heavy rains

Debris from homes damaged by Hurricane Nicole topples onto the beach in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Thursday. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Threats of heavy rain and tornadoes from former Hurricane Nicole continued Friday across Georgia and up the East Coast after the storm weakened to a still-dangerous tropical depression.

Threat level: The threat of heavy rains, flash flooding and possible tornadoes remained Friday, moving up the Appalachians and into New England after the storm headed toward southwestern Georgia overnight and caused at least two deaths in Florida, where it made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane in the state's east with a large, destructive wind field early Thursday.

Rebecca Falconer
Updated Nov 10, 2022 - Science

Nicole makes landfall in Florida as rare November hurricane

Waves crash near a damaged building and a lifeguard tower in Daytona Beach Shores in Florida, as tropical Storm Nicole approaches the coast.

Waves crash near a damaged building and a lifeguard tower in Daytona Beach Shores in Florida on Wednesday, ahead of Nicole's landfall as a Category 1 hurricane. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Nicole made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on the east coast of the Florida peninsula, just south of Vero Beach, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph about 3am Thursday — leaving thousands without power.

The latest: About an hour later, Nicole weakened to a still-dangerous tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph as it moved over east-central Florida — bringing with it strong winds, powerful storm surge and waves as it dumped heavy rains across a large area, per the National Hurricane Center.

Andrew Freedman
Updated Nov 10, 2022 - Energy & Environment

Hurricane Nicole bringing strong winds and coastal flooding to Florida

High waves from Tropical Storm Nicole in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Waves from Tropical Storm Nicole near Anglin's Fishing Pier on Nov. 9, in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Hurricane Nicole knocked out power to thousands of customers in eastern Florida early Thursday, as the National Hurricane Center warned it would make landfall in the state "in the next couple of hours."

Threat level: The storm was bringing damaging storm surge flooding along the east coast of Florida, north to Georgia and South Carolina, along with heavy rain and damaging winds. Flooding was reported early Thursday in Port Orange and Palm Beach Shores, where a carpark was inundated with floodwaters.

Republican Ted Budd wins North Carolina Senate race

Representative Ted Budd speaks during a Save America rally

Ted Budd speaks during a rally for former President Trump on Sept. 23 in Wilmington, N.C. Photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Republican Rep. Ted Budd beat Democrat Cheri Beasley in North Carolina by racking up votes in rural parts of the state, the Associated Press reported.

Why it matters: Budd’s win is a sign that Democrats in the state were unable to counter this year's expected "red wave," driven in part by rising inflation and President Biden's low approval ratings.

Raleigh, North Carolina, shooting leaves at least 5 people dead

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper speaking at a briefing late Thursday.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper speaking at a briefing with city officials in Raleigh late Thursday. Photo: City of Raleigh Government/Facebook

A teenage suspect who police allege was a shooter in an incident that left five people, including an off-duty police officer, dead in Raleigh, North Carolina is hospitalized in critical condition, officials said Friday morning.

The latest: Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman told Axios Friday petitions have been filed against the suspect, but her office is seeking to have the case transferred to superior court, where the teen would be tried as an adult.

17 House Democrats arrested at abortion rights rally

Picture of detained lawmakers near the Supreme Court

Some of the House lawmakers detained near the Supreme Court on July 19, 2022. Photo: Andrew Solender/Axios

Seventeen House Democrats were detained Tuesday at an abortion rights rally protesting the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.

Driving the news: U.S. Capitol Police said that it started arresting demonstrators after they failed to follow their three warnings to stop blocking a street in Washington, D.C. near the Supreme Court.

26-year-old Bo Hines wins N.C. GOP House primary

Bo Hines. Photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Bo Hines fended off a host of challengers to win the Republican nomination for North Carolina's 13th congressional district on Tuesday, per the AP.

Why it matters: The 26-year-old former college football player scored former President Trump's endorsement shortly after he announced his candidacy in February, and his victory helps to cement Trump's reputation as the GOP's kingmaker.

Rep. Madison Cawthorn loses N.C. GOP House primary

Madison Cawthorn. Photo: . Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

North Carolina state Sen. Chuck Edwards defeated Rep. Madison Cawthorn to win the Republican nomination for the state's 11th congressional district on Tuesday, according to a Cawthorn campaign spokesperson who said the congressman called Edwards and conceded the race.

Why it matters: Cawthorn's loss comes after an avalanche of scandals that have plagued the 26-year-old incumbent, which led GOP leaders across the country to doubt his ability to serve in Congress.