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City of Fort Pierce Tropical Storm Nicole Advisories

November 10, 2022

November 10, 2022, 3:54 PM
Tropical Storm Nicole, Final Advisory

City of Fort Pierce emergency responders have completed the initial damage assessment following Hurricane/Tropical Storm Nicole and have reported minimal damage thus far.  

  • Jetty Park sustained damage due to storm surge and will remain closed to the public until further notice.
  • The Fort Pierce beaches sustained minimal erosion but escaped without much damage. Beaches are closed today but are scheduled to reopen tomorrow, November 11th.
  • City offices will remain closed on Friday, November 11th in observance of Veteran's Day and will reopen on Monday, November 14th. 

Solid Waste & Storm Debris Cleanup Update

The City of Fort Pierce’s priority is public safety. Public Works takes weather events seriously and are ready to start cleanup efforts as soon as possible following extreme weather events. The City of Fort Pierce Public Works Department asks residents for their cooperation with response and cleanup efforts. Please visit the city’s website at www.cityoffortpierce.com for the latest updates and news regarding cleanup efforts and waste collection.  

Follow these steps in assisting with debris collection

  • Storm Debris: Residents who have storm debris involving trees, limbs, and branches are advised to gather and place them neatly at the curb when weather permits. For efficiency purposes, please group the debris in bundles no longer than five feet in width.
  • For Your Safety and the Safety of Others:  
    • Do not place storm debris in roadways or block sidewalks.  
    • Do not mix bulk and brush debris piles.
    • City workers will not go onto private property to remove trees, limbs/branches, or other storm debris. Property owners should contact a private tree removal company for help if they cannot remove trees and associated debris.  
    • Do not place storm debris in open channels of water as this can block pipes and culverts.  

Please be Patient:

The City is asking residents to be patient with the cleanup schedule. Collecting storm debris after a weather event will take several days and could last as long as several weeks. Debris pickup is a team effort, and your cooperation is appreciated to ensure the cleanup is as fast and efficient as possible.

For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 772.467.3794 or visit www.cityoffortpierce.com


November 10, 2022, 9:31 AM
City of Fort Pierce, Tropical Storm Nicole Advisory 4

Hurricane Nicole made landfall at 3:00 A.M. as Category 1 Hurricane, just north of St. Lucie County, with sustained winds of 75mph. With the system moving inland, it has since been downgraded to a strong tropical storm, however, Nicole is still capable of producing at or near hurricane-force gusts, especially in onshore­ moving squalls near the coast (north of the center track) and within the eyewall itself.

UPDATES:

At this time, City and County crews are out with law enforcement clearing the roads and assessing damages; therefore, we are urging residents to please stay off the roads for a few more hours and allow crews to safely assess the damage, restore power and clear the roadways.

A Tropical Storm & Storm Surge Warning are still in effect for St. Lucie County, along with a Flood Watch.

There are still hazardous conditions such as flooded roads and possibly down power lines.

Here are some helpful tips on what to do after a storm: www.cityoffortpierce.com/867/Hurricane-Preparedness

Outages:

  • Fort Pierce Utilities Authority reported 626 residents without power.
  • Florida Power & Light reports over 2,900 customers are without power.

Closure Updates:

  • North and South Hutchinson Bridge assessments are complete and the bridges are open.
  • The Jetty, the Jetty Park, and Jetty Linear Park are all closed to the public due to hazardous concerns and safety precautions.
  • FPUA Customer Service Lobby will be closed today, Thursday, Nov. 10. The lobby will also be closed on Friday in observance of Veterans Day.
  • City of Fort Pierce offices are closed today, Thursday, Nov. 10, and will remain closed on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in observance of Veterans Day.
  • St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners’ offices, including libraries and attractions, are still closed today, Thursday, Nov. 10. Additionally, county offices are closed Friday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. All public schools and other government offices will also be closed Wednesday, Nov. 9, and Thursday, Nov. 10.  

State of Emergency Declared - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a State of Emergency for 34 counties, Executive Order (EO) 22-253, on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. The City of Fort Pierce declared a State of Emergency at 9:30 AM.  St. Lucie County declared a Local State of Emergency at 6:44 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Communication

We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website at www.cityoffortpierce.com, social media channels, and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27.

Residents are also encouraged to sign up for St. Lucie County's Alert St. Lucie program to get emergency notifications sent directly to their phone, email, or text: www.stlucieco.gov/Alert.

If residents have questions or concerns, they should call the St. Lucie County Public Information Lines at 772-460-4357 or 772-460-HELP, which are open today until 7 p.m. and the rest of the week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (These hours are subject to change depending on the storm’s path).