Ryan Benk

REPORTER / HOST "Indie Endeavour"

Ryan Benk joined WJCT News in 2015 after working as a news researcher and reporter for NPR affiliate WFSU in Tallahassee.

Originally from Miami, he graduated with a bachelor's in English literature from Florida State University. During his time in Tallahassee, Ryan also worked as a policy and research analyst for legislative-research firm LobbyTools.

When he’s not tracking down news, Ryan likes watching films, writing fiction and poetry, and exploring Florida's natural beauty.

Ryan is also the host of "Indie Endeavor."

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Many areas along the First Coast are still underwater after Hurricane Irma and residents who live in places where flooding has receded are just starting to get an idea of what they’ve lost.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Mayor Lenny Curry is strongly encouraging Jacksonville residents and visitors to observe safety warnings as flood waters continue to rise in low-lying ares near the St. Johns River. 

Curry addresses reporters
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is warning residents they’re running out of time to get to a shelter and out of harm’s way.

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Florida Storms

  • Frequent tornado warnings are being issued in Northeast Florida as Hurricane Irma treks northward. Residents are urged to get to the most interior part of their homes when a warning sounds because tornadoes can form extremely quickly under these conditions.  

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Hospitals along the Northeast Florida coast are transporting their patients to locations on higher ground.

Mandatory evacuations for coastal communities are in effect ahead of Hurricane Irma.


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