News Cast for November 10th:
Nicole was less than expected
Hurricane Nicole left little damage in Okeechobee but did some damage to Florida beaches.
The storm made landfall on North Hutchison Island south of Vero Beach at 3 this morning with winds of 75 miles per hour.
It quickly weakened and continued to head north west.
Okeechobee County spokesperson Denise Whitehead said a last minute change in the storm track helped Okeechobee.
“The storms path can change very quickly. I little wobble can make a big impact on how it impacts our area.”
Whitehead said the highest sustained winds were 36 miles per hour in the Fort Drum area. There were wind gusts recorded of 49 miles per hour.
72 people stayed in local shelters last night, including five at the special needs shelter at the health department.
The Veterans for aviation event at the county airport has been rescheduled for Monday from 9 to noon.
There were as many as 1,760 without power in Okeechobee. That number was down to 140 Thursday morning.
Highlands had 41 without power and Glades County 151.
The US Army Corps of engineers will now consider releases from Lake Okeechobee to the coast as the lake levels remain high.
Spokesperson Jim Yocum said the storm did change their winter dry season plans.
“It will probably change the equation. We know we will get some water from this storm but we don’t have an analysis on how much water.”
The lake was just under 16 feet on Wednesday. The Corps did not release any water before the storm.
Okeechobee Sheriff deputies investigating a drive by shooting in Dewberry Gardens on Tuesday night.
Deputies said they responded to a shots fired call in the area of 3145 NW 3rd Street and found an empty Glock 9 millimeter handgun magazine and eight spent shell casings in the front yard.
A vehicle was seen driving by the residence and then multiple gunshots were heard.
There were no injuries reported.
They note the victims are not cooperating with the investigation.