National Weather Service

National Hurricane Center / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Newly named Tropical Storm Cindy is churning in the central Gulf of Mexico.

National Weather Service

Folks on the First Coast and in Southeastern Georgia should brace for unusually cold temperatures this weekend as arctic air blankets the U.S.

Florida Public Radio meteorologist Jeff Huffman said residents should prepare by bringing  in plants and pets and layer up for frigid winds.

“This will be the strongest and most abrupt front of the winter so far for much of Florida and that includes Northeast Florida. Temperatures, ironically enough, will reach their warmest point around midnight (Friday) night – probably in the mid to upper 60s,” he said.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Many shops and restaurants in Jacksonville are boarded up and closed for business as Category 3 Hurricane Matthew inches closer to the city Friday morning.

But one diner is vowing to stay open, cooking hot meals for anyone who needs one.


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:

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.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

Tropical Storm Andrea is expected to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle later today.

A band of heavy rain moved through the Jacksonville area earlier as the outer fringes of the storm reached the First Coast.

Conditions are expected to continue to deteriorate throughout the day, says National Weather Service meteorologist Zaaron Allen, with some of the worst weather coming through right around afternoon rush hour.

NOAA

The first named tropical system has formed in the Gulf of Mexico just off the Florida coast.

The National Hurricane Center says an air force reconnaissance plane was able to identify a well-defined circulation.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from Boca Grande to the Ochlockonee River on Florida's west coast. A tropical storm watch is in effect from Flagler Beach to Surf City, North Carolina. 

A flood watch is in effect for the entire area until Friday afternoon.