Still Reeling From Ian, Florida Faces Costs of Hurricane Nicole

Hurricane Nicole hit the east coast of Florida early Thursday morning. The tropical cyclone comes just six weeks after Hurricane Ian devastated the state, leaving Florida residents — and insurers — little time to recover before the onslaught of a second natural disaster.

Nicole, a Category 1 hurricane, brought 75 mph winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall when it came ashore in Florida. Parts of South Carolina and Georgia also felt effects of the storm, which is forecast to impact areas as far north as Maine over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Florida hasn’t yet recovered from Hurricane Ian, a Category 4 hurricane that slammed the state’s Gulf Coast on Sept. 28. Its impact is still being assessed, but Ian was quickly labeled one of the costliest storms the state has ever seen, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

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This article was written by Taryn Phaneuf and originally published on