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Hurricane Nicole

Breaking News: Nicole upgraded to Hurricane

Apopka and Orange County announce closures and revised schedules


According to weather.com, Nicole made its first landfall in the northwest Bahamas just before noon Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

The large wind field of Nicole means tropical-storm-force winds (39 mph or greater) extend well to the west, north, and east of that center, including into Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center analysis below.

Wind gusts over 40 mph have been occurring along and near Florida's Atlantic coast. A few gusts over 50 mph have been reported at times.

N​Nicole strengthened into a hurricane Wednesday evening while making landfall over Grand Bahama.

Both the City of Apopka and Orange County have announced closures and revised schedules during Hurricane Nicole's approach:

Apopka monitoring Nicole

The City of Apopka continues to monitor Tropical Storm Nicole.
Updates as of November 9, 2022:
City Hall and offices will be closed on Thursday, November 10, 2022 due to Tropical Storm Nicole. Reminder: City Offices are closed on Friday, November 11, 2022 for Veterans Day.
• There will be no trash collection on Thursday, November 10, 2022.
• Residents are strongly advised to store garbage and yard waste carts inside and any other loose outdoor items that could become projectiles.
• Normal collection will resume on Friday, November 11, 2022
Please continue to visit our Alert Center, www.Apopka.gov/AlertCenter, for City updates. Visit our Hurricane Page at www.Apopka.gov/Hurricane for storm information. #CityofApopkaFL #StormUpdate

Update: State of City rescheduled for Friday, November 18th

The State of the City, delivered by Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson and hosted by the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, was originally scheduled for Thursday (November 10th), but was postponed until November 25th. It has now been rescheduled for Friday, November 18th, at 8 am at the Apopka Community Center/VFW.

Orange County remains in Tropical Storm Warning

At 3 p.m. today, Orange County Government is still in a Tropical Storm Warning. Tropical Storm Nicole is estimated to produce damaging winds and approximately 4-6 inches of rain. Additional effects include:

  • Sustained 35-mph winds at approximately 6 p.m.
  • Chances of hurricane-force gusts
  • Flood watch issued for Orange County
  • Possibility for tornadoes overnight

Orange County Government buildings closed at 3 p.m. today and are scheduled to reopen on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022.

Emergency Shelters

Orange County Government has two general population shelters open for individuals needing to evacuate or seek shelter from Tropical Storm Nicole. Shelter locations include:

  • South Econ Community Park (Pet friendly)
    3850 S Econlockhatchee Trail
    Orlando, FL 32829
  • West Orange Recreation Center (Pet friendly)
    309 SW Crown Point Road
    Winter Garden, FL 34787

Orange County residents who require a Special Needs/Medical Shelter, please dial 3-1-1 or 407-836-3111. ID cards are not required to enter shelters. Individuals should come prepared with their own supplies and personal hygiene items. For more information on what to bring with you to a shelter, visit ocfl.net/shelters.

Orange County Utilities

Below are service updates from Orange County Utilities. Additional updates will be announced on ocfl.net/UtilitiesStormInfo.

  • Solid Waste Collection: There will be no curbside garbage, recycling, yard waste, and large item service for unincorporated Orange County households Thursday, Nov. 10. Customers whose regular collection day is Thursday will be picked up Friday, Nov. 11, and Friday customers will be serviced Saturday, Nov. 12. No materials should be placed curbside on Thursday.
  • Solid Waste Facilities: The Orange County Landfill and transfer stations have closed as of 3 p.m. today and will remain closed through Thursday, Nov. 10. The facilities will reopen when conditions are safe to do so.

Debris Pick Up and Road Assessment

Orange County Public Works plans to resume debris removal and emergency roadway clearance activities on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022.

Public Works Road and Drainage workers are stationing crews on roads where flooding has been a problem in the past – Texas and Holden, Lake Eleanor, and Rouse and Buck Roads. This is being done as a precaution. Public Works teams will begin assessing roadways as soon as winds subside.

Power Outages

When possible, report power outages to your electric provider in Orange County.

  • Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) – 407-423-9018
  • Duke Energy – 800-228-8485
  • Winter Park Utility – 877-811-8700

For more preparedness and recovery information, visit ocfl.net/storm.

Apopka, Orange County, Hurricane Nicole, Hurricane Season 2022


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