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More than four million Floridians are likely to experience a freeze over the next two nights, including rural areas of Southwest Florida by Wednesday morning. The cold spell follows a week of abnormal warmth in the Sunshine State, when more than a dozen record highs were tied or broken.

Climate Central

Twenty-nineteen wrapped up the hottest decade ever recorded on earth and was the second-hottest year ever recorded.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

If you thought 2019 was a scorcher of a year, you’re right.

JESSICA PALOMBO / WJCT NEWS

If you were out for a walk and thought it felt hotter than normal for the beginning of January  — you’re right. The National Weather Service said Jacksonville tied a record high for January of 85 degrees on Friday.

A soaking rain is likely across the Sunshine State Sunday, and it could be heavy enough to cause river or street flooding in some areas. Thunderstorms capable of producing minor wind damage or a brief tornado are also possible in portions of South Florida Sunday afternoon, although considerable uncertainty remains on whether this risk will materialize.

Gusty northwest winds between high pressure over Texas and a strong storm near southern New England is ushering in the chilliest air mass of the season over the Sunshine State. Highs were only expected in the 60s near the I-4 corridor — a far cry from the lower and mid 80s on Sunday and well below seasonal averages in the mid 70s. The front is still clearing South Florida, so the cooler temperatures are not expected to arrive along the Gold Coast until Tuesday.

Florida Says Goodbye And Good Riddance To 2019 Hurricane Season

Nov 27, 2019
NOAA

For Florida, the 2019 hurricane season will be remembered for a gigantic, nerve-racking scare over the Labor Day weekend.

Hurricane season officially ends in 12 days, but there’s a 50-50 chance that we will have one more named storm to acknowledge before we can call it a wrap.

JEA Files Lawsuit, Says It's Owed Nearly $5 Million For Puerto Rico Recovery Work

Nov 12, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Claiming it’s owed nearly $5 million for work performed in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island’s power grid, JEA filed a lawsuit against a company contracted by the island’s electric authority to restore the island’s infrastructure.

First Coast Will See Rain, Possible Tornadoes From TS Nestor Saturday

Oct 18, 2019
FPREN

Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixtee has become Tropical Storm Nestor as it moves over the Gulf of Mexico and toward Florida later Friday.

The National Hurricane Center initiated advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen at 11 am Thursday, which is expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle early Saturday.

A Tropical Storm Warning was issued from the Alabama state line to Apalachicola. A Tropical Storm Watch was also issued for Florida’s Big Bend and the Nature Coast. Tropical storm conditions are likely in the warned areas within 48 hours, and possible in the areas under the watch farther east.

Building Improvements Eyed To Withstand Hurricanes

Oct 15, 2019
News Service of Florida

Rooftop wooden decks may offer the perfect getaway space for homeowners, but they need to be built to better withstand hurricanes, members of a Senate panel were told Monday.

Initial reporting can leave lasting impressions after a hurricane — and that can be really damaging to a tourism destination.

Researchers at the University of South Florida found that one month after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, diabetic seniors living in areas that were impacted by the storms were 40 percent more likely to die than elderly diabetics in unaffected areas.

Tropical weather outlook
FPREN

Wednesday morning update: Tropical Storm Imelda came ashore in southeast Texas Tuesday evening, but will continue to produce heavy rain and possible flooding as a remnant tropical low through the day Wednesday. Tropical Depression Ten intensified overnight and became the season's tenth named storm, Tropical Storm Jerry.

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