Tropical Storm Nicole produces far less debris, flooding than Hurricane Ian in local counties

Tropical Storm Nicole has made its way through Central Florida and, in its wake, has left far less debris and flooding than its predecessor did six weeks ago.

Utility and government officials across Osceola, Seminole, and Orange counties are reporting less flooding, damage, and debris in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Nicole, which reached hurricane strength for several hours on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

Although debris is scattered across multiple thoroughfares and neighborhoods across Orlando and Orange County, the rain brought by the storm did not produce the same historic levels of flooding that Ian generated.

Orange County officials say there have been no reports of localized flooding to county-maintained roads, local residences, and structures. No roads are currently closed due to flooding. Crews have responded to downed trees that blocked portions of Plymouth Sorrento Road (north of U.S. 441), Kaley Avenue between Peel Avenue and Bumby Avenue, and the Kelly Park entrance roadway.

In and around downtown Orlando, the scenes from six weeks ago stand in stark contrast to the current state of Lake Eola Park and Ivanhoe Village, which both experienced far less flooding this time around.

Minor flooding and debris at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando
Lake Eola Park water levels rose slightly after Tropical Storm Nicole
Robinson Street in front of Lake Eola Park on November 10
Robinson Street had scattered debris and water after Tropical Storm Nicole

Despite being completely underwater in the days after Hurricane Ian, S Orange Avenue in Ivanhoe Village fared far better this time around.

Kissimmee officials say crews found no major damage due to the storm during preliminary damage assessments throughout the city. St. Cloud officials reported similar results, reporting scattered debris, but no major roadway blockages or flooding.

“We have 1-2 inches of water on Commerce Park Road, and our crews have deployed pumps to address that. The road is passable. In the area of 10th and Whisler, we have reports of power lines down and a possible water main break,” reads a statement from the city of St. Cloud.

St. Cloud Police Department officers picking up debris in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Nicole

Officials in Winter Park report that approximately 300 people lost power during the storm, a stark contrast from the thousands who lost power during Hurricane Ian. Residents across the city reported approximately 10 downed trees, according to officials.

Across the board, government entities and waste management departments are urging residents to practice water conservation in order to alleviate the water and wastewater systems that were still recovering from Hurricane Ian.

If you have debris, damage, or flooding as a result of Tropical Storm Nicole, report it to your local authorities and share your photos through our Contact Us page.

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