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Tropical Storm Nicole: DeSantis says Florida ready to tackle ‘whatever post-storm needs may arise’

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that his state is ready to confront “whatever post-storm needs may arise” as Tropical Storm Nicole makes its way through the region.

DeSantis said as of late Thursday morning, around 330,300 Floridians are without power and seven urban search and rescue teams are waiting to deploy as soon as the weather clears.

“Winds have been the main concern with Nicole, but we have also seen heavy rains that have resulted in three to five feet of storm surge in some areas,” DeSantis said.

“This is obviously not as significant a storm as Hurricane Ian was but coming on the heels of that you are seeing communities – particularly in the Volusia County area, where you had a lot of that erosion on the coastline – this has put some of those structures in jeordy,” he added.

VIDEO SHOWS DAYTONA BEACH BUILDING REALLY SUBMERGED AS WAVES CRASH ASHORE

DeSantis said towns and cities are reporting downed trees and power lines along with road washouts and beach erosion in some areas.

“We are ready and we have resources to respond to whatever post-storm needs may arise,” he added.

Waves crash into a beachfront house after Hurricane Nicole made landfall on Florida's east coast, in Daytona Beach Shores.

DeSantis also said “the most recent track shows it exiting the Florida peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico and then re-entering Florida in the Big Bend region.”

rt of Anglin's Fishing Pier is shown after it collapsed into the ocean after Hurricane Nicole arrived on Nov.  10 in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida.

As of 10 am ET, the National Hurricane Center said Nicole – which made landfall earlier this morning as a Category 1 hurricane – has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

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