Furniture floats around main roads in Dania Beach as Nicole brings big waves to area

DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Homes were battered by waves as then-Hurricane Nicole moved through Dania Beach overnight.

“Six to eight foot (waves), occasionally a 10-footer. It’s really crazy out there,” one resident said.

Some young men helped as someone’s belongings floated out to sea in the high tide.

“There were chairs, we got a trash can, some bottles, a bunch of wooden stuff that is not good for the environment, floating out on these streets here, around on the main roads,” one man said.

Another major concern was the beach with ocean water and sand reaching beachside streets and vehicles becoming stuck in sand.

“Huge waves. This wall over here used to have a four-foot sandbag and about 30 minutes ago, that all got washed away,” Crystal Bass said.

Bass and her partner Mike Wilburn, along with others came out to watch Mother Nature at work.

“Yesterday was our anniversary, so we decided this was going to be our date,” Wilburn joked.

Storm surge up to four feet was also possible through the early morning hours.

Inland flooding is also a problem once you add in rainfall. Several inches of water accumulated on main streets and authorities put out signs to warn drivers.

“Always do love it, the pulse of Mother Nature -- it’s amazing what it can do,” one man said.

About the Author:

Liane Morejon is an Emmy-winning reporter who joined the Local 10 News family in January 2010. Born and raised in Coral Gables, Liane has a unique perspective on covering news in her own backyard.