A roadside honey stand, black bears and pelicans are all in the headlines today.

JEA Releases Energy-Efficient Heating Tips

Jan 8, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - As temperatures continue to drop, many people will be turning on the heat, and JEA is releasing some efficient ways to reduce power consumption.

Jerry McInarnay is an energy efficiency analyst for JEA. He said the first way you can lower your bill is by setting your thermostat to 68 degrees.

"A couple things we can do -- gradually heat the home. We can bump the thermostat up 1 to 2 degrees," said McInarnay. "If we crank it up more than 2 degrees it's not uncommon for the auxiliary heat to engage."

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The coldest air mass of the winter season so far arrives tonight in Northeast Florida. A hard freeze is likely for all inland areas north of a line from Gainesville to Jacksonville, with subfreezing temperatures also expected overnight in rural areas as far south as the I-4 corridor. The arctic front responsible for the looming cold snap will be driven southward by blustery north winds that could gust as high as 25 to 35 mph in some areas. For this reason, Wind Advisories and Wind Chill Advisories are also in effect.

Pedro Bravo, Shad Khan and the Tropical Storm Bertha are in the headlines today.

Tropical Storm Bertha is moving northwest, taking aim at Puerto Rico and expected to skirt the Dominican Republic's coast.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning for Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, while the Dominican Republic has issued a tropical storm watch.

Luckily, forecasters with the Hurricane Center say upper level winds are not favorable for further strengthening, so maximum sustained winds should remain at about 50 mph.

David Perdue, snakes and lightning are in the headlines today.

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Saharan dust blowing off the west coast of Africa will move across the Atlantic over the coming days, keeping thunderstorms non-existent and clouds even to a minimum.

Mayor Alvin Brown, Edward Waters College and lightning strikes are in the headlines today.

Tropical Storm Arthur, Nippers Beach Grille, and Mayor Alvin Brown are in the headlines today.

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A statue that has resided in St. Augustine for more than 150 years may help shed light on the history of some of the First Coast’s earliest residents, and why some believe the area tends to stay unscathed by hurricanes.


MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

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Invest 91 was classified as a Tropical Depression Monday night and the system sits only 80 miles east of Vero Beach.

Tropical Depression One, Jorge Labarga, and mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles are in the headlines today.

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.

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Federal forecasters are predicting a slower than usual Atlantic hurricane season this year, but officials warn that it only takes one storm to cause widespread damage and death.