State Of Emergency Expires; Hermine Moves North
Updated at noon
The National Hurricane Center at 11 a.m. reports the center of Tropical Storm Hermine was inland over southeastern Georgia. Hermine is moving toward the northeast near 18 mph and this motion is expected to continue for the next 48 hours with a gradual reduction in forward speed expected Saturday.
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said the state of emergency has expired.
In St. Augustine, the city's Solid Waste Division will collect remaining storm debris Friday and make an additional recycling pickup Saturday.
City offices are also closed Monday in observance of Labor Day holiday.
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority could end its service at midnight tonight because of Hurricane Hermine.
Riders are encouraged to get where they need to be before then. If weather worsens sooner, buses may stop pickups.
If weather permits, JTA buses will operate on a Sunday schedule Friday, which means less frequent stops.
The Beaches and Riverside-Avondale night trolleys will not operate Friday, nor will the St. Johns River Ferry.
The Skyway monorail will continue operating unless winds rise to over 35 mph.
Bridges will close if sustained winds rise above 40 mph.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief Leonard Propper says JSO will be monitoring wind speeds throughout the evening and the public will know as soon as police make the determination.
“If you have to go out tomorrow, — we do not want you to go out —but if you have to go out tomorrow, I want everybody to have both hands on the wheel, a seat belt on tight, and nice and slowly creep their way over what bridges are online.”
Duval County has canceled trash pickup.
Northeast Florida Schools are canceling afterschool activities and closing in anticipation of Tropical Storm Hermine. Here are closures as of 11:15 a.m. Thursday:
- Duval County Public Schools will close a 3 p.m. and is closed Friday.
- Duval County afterschool activities, Extended Day and Team Up activities are canceled for Thursday.
- University of North Florida will close at 3 p.m.
- Edward Waters College will close at 3 p.m. and all day Friday. Classes will resume on Tuesday.
- Florida State College at Jacksonville will close at noon today, and all classes are canceled for tomorrow.
- The Clay County School District will close schools on Friday.
- A general/special needs storm shelter will open at Lake Asbury Junior High School at 5 p.m. Thursday. No animals will be permitted at the shelter. Questions about the storm shelter should be directed to the Clay County Emergency Management Division at (904) 284-7703.
- Jacksonville University is closing at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, and all evening classes and activities are canceled.
- Nassau County Public Schools will be closed all day Friday.
- Garbage and recycling collection has been canceled in St. Johns County.