Hurricane

Navy Ship docked on a pier, sky in the background
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With hurricane season beginning June 1, Naval Station Mayport is planning for its annual training exercise on how to respond to natural disasters and how to evacuate the base if a storm heads to Northeast Florida. 

Called HURREX 20, the training will run from May 11 to May 15, and involve a simulated storm system that will develop and intensify to hurricane strength.

Floridians from the Emerald Coast to the Nature Coast are urged to review their hurricane plan and be prepared to act on it within a couple of days.

Chris O’Meara / Associated Press

The peak of hurricane season has arrived although the Atlantic has been unusually quiet.

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with UNF Political Science Professor Matt Corrigan on how President Trump’s recent tariffs could affect Florida (01:29).  

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Friday is the start of 2018 hurricane season. This year, meteorologists predict a near-average hurricane season. Colorado State University expects have predicted 13 named storms, which includes, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher).

Flooding in Jacksonville during Hurricane Irma.
Robert Torbert

A Jacksonville City Councilwoman is launching an effort to make sure people are well-prepared for this year’s hurricane season.

Jessica Palombo

As the state prepares for the 2018 hurricane season, utility regulators might look at who dictates tree trimming.

Hurricane Maria's Maximum Sustained Winds Increase to 125 mph Monday Afternoon

Sep 18, 2017
FLORIDA STORMS

Hurricane Maria had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph Monday at 2 p.m., according to the National Hurricane Center.

Maria could be the second major hurricane in as many weeks to threaten the islands of the northeast Caribbean. A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Dominica, and Hurricane Watches are in effect for all of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Tropical Storm Maria is not as strong as Irma was, but still likely to be a powerful and destructive hurricane when it passes through the island chain on Tuesday.

man giving blood
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Blood donations are urgently needed as Hurricane Harvey is causing catastrophic flooding in Texas.

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The Atlantic hurricane season begins Thursday. To help Florida residents get ready, the state is offering a tax break on storm supplies.

Colin Downgraded To Post-Tropical Cyclone

Jun 3, 2016

At 11 a.m., the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Colin was estimated 120 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. 

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Although it’s been 52 years since Jacksonville has seen a hurricane, city officials don't want residents to have a false sense of security.

Director of Duval County Emergency Management Steve Woodard was giving a tour of emergency headquarters downtown Wednesday, the first day of hurricane season.

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

With hurricane season less than week away, here's the latest update from the The Florida Public Radio Emergency Network:

The Coast Guard was searching for a 735-foot cargo ship with 33 crew aboard after an emergency satellite message was received from the vessel saying it was caught in the path of Hurricane Joaquin.

FPREN

A day can be a lifetime in the sensitive world of a tropical cyclone, and Joaquin made the most of Wednesday. Just a tropical storm Tuesday evening, Joaquin exploded into the season’s second major hurricane Wednesday evening, packing Category 3 winds of 115 mph as of the 11 p.m. advisory.  

FPREN

It’s a menacing storm on satellite, and one many residents of The Bahamas are now scurrying to prepare for.  Floridians, however, can rest easy. 

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Tropical Storm Erika is following a path that could end Florida’s 10-year run without a hurricane.  State and county emergency-management officials are closely monitoring the storm’s predicted path.

Bob Pickering is a Flagler County emergency management technician. He says Erika’s current path puts her 35 miles off the coast of Cape Canaveral early next week. That could mean a wet, windy Monday and Tuesday for the First Coast.

But everything could change within the next two days.

City of Jacksonville

The latest predictions show Tropical Storm Erika possibly heading toward Florida.

Lots of uncertainty remains about when and where the storm might make landfall, but emergency managers say it’s not too early to make a plan.

Jeff Huffman

Very warm waters and relatively light winds aloft will yield an environment favorable for tropical storm development just offshore of Florida’s Atlantic Coast in the next 48 hours.

Alex Pellom / Duval County Emergency Management

With the 2014 hurricane season just beginning, Jacksonville officials are asking residents to become familiar with the city's new evacuation zones.

Duval County Develops New Hurricane Evacuation Zones

May 23, 2014
Duval County EOC

For the first time since 2005, Jacksonville's emergency planners have revamped evacuation zones for major weather disasters.

Previously, the evacuation and disaster plan was solely based on the threat of hurricanes, which only took wind speed into account, Director of Emergency Preparedness, Steven Woodard said. The maps will now help homeowners prepare for storm surge damage as well.

Hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean will be at or below normal levels this year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's annual forecast.

The six-month hurricane season begins June 1.

Jeff Huffman

The 2014 Hurricane Season is just two weeks away, and officials continue to remind Floridians to prepare the same no matter the forecast.

A little over a week after a major typhoon devastated parts of the Philippines, there is some reason for hope today.

NPR's Russell Lewis, who has been trying to get to Tacloban all week, points us to the front page of today's The Philippine Star: "Aid Delivery To Leyte, Samar Speeding Up" the main headline reads.

NOAA

Members of Jacksonville’s Filipino community are continuing relief efforts following last week's devastating typhoon with a fundraising event tonight.

It was one week ago today that Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Philippines, flattening buildings and killing more than 3,000 people. Most who survived the storm found themselves without food, water, or shelter.

Rosabel Hill with the organization We Filipino, Inc. says there has been an outpouring of concern by residents of the First Coast.

After Hurricane Sandy, the south shore of Staten Island looked like it had been hit by a tsunami. The storm surge devastated whole neighborhoods suddenly, in a matter of hours. In the year since the storm, some families have been rebuilding their homes and their lives. Others are ready to sell their flood-damaged properties and move on.

Joe Salluzzo lives in a neighborhood called New Dorp Beach, a few blocks from the ocean. He rode out the storm on the second story of his brick bungalow, which he's been repairing himself ever since.

Hurricane Raymond has been upgraded to a Category 3 storm in the Pacific Ocean, as it moves slowly northward toward Mexico's southwest coast. Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center say it could gain more strength before it begins to weaken Tuesday.

Monday morning, the Hurricane Center said that Raymond had maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, with stronger gusts recorded. The storm is moving northward at a 2 mph pace from its current location about 165 miles west-southwest of Acapulco. It was some 100 miles from the coast.

Karen, once feared to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane, has stalled out and weakened into a tropical depression. The National Weather Service says the storm is "drifting" at 2 mph, moving toward Louisiana's southeastern edge. As of early Sunday morning, it was about 165 miles west-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Newly formed Tropical Storm Karen, which could reach hurricane strength by Friday, is expected to make landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast sometime over the weekend.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the late-season storm formed Thursday morning about 485 miles south of the Mississippi Delta, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It was moving north-northwest at 12 mph, but was expected to speed up.

Forecasters say it will make landfall in the U.S. either Saturday or Sunday.

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