Tropical Storm Nicole sends Florida beachfront houses toppling into the ocean

Partially-collapsed homes in Daytona Beach, Florida.
(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Heavy rain and storm surge from Tropical Storm Nicole caused several houses and buildings to collapse into the Atlantic Ocean Thursday in Wilbur-By-The-Sea, Daytona Beach Shores, and other barrier island communities in Florida.

Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach early Thursday morning as a Category 1 hurricane. It was the first November hurricane to make landfall in the state in 37 years, The Associated Press reports, and just the third on record.

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