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Hospitals along the Northeast Florida coast are transporting their patients to locations on higher ground.

Mandatory evacuations for coastal communities are in effect ahead of Hurricane Irma.


Gary Marsh

The U.S. Coast Guard wants boat owners to secure their vessels while they still have time before Hurricane Irma’s effects are felt on the First Coast. And because rescues can be difficult during the worst of the storm, no one should try to ride out the weather in a boat.

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A drier-than-normal winter and spring have Northeast Florida water managers warning of an impending shortage.

But they say the worst can be staved off if people take it upon themselves to cut back their usage.


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Ware County Schools via Facebook

Updated 7:55 p.m.:

A tornado watch for all of Northeast Florida has been lifted after nearly eight hours Sunday as a squall line moves off the East Coast. Meanwhile, public schools are closed Monday in South Georgia’s Brantley and Ware Counties due to damage from Sunday’s storms.

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.

FPREN

Tropical Storm Hermine may be headed out of Northeast Florida, but Meteorologist Jeff Huffman says tropical moisture will linger for a couple of days.

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North Florida is in a state of emergency awaiting a direct hit from Tropical Storm Colin on Monday.

Emergency managers hope a flood watch and a tropical storm warning get people to prepare for the worst. But for some shop owners, it was business as usual.

Tropical Storm Colin is expected to affect the First Coast most heavily Monday night and into Tuesday morning. But its effects are expected to arrive much sooner, says St. Johns County Emergency Management Director Linda Stoughton. 

"We could start to see rain come across around 2, 3 o'clock in the afternoon. This is mostly going to be a nighttime event, so if people need to run out very quickly and get supplies, this would be the absolute time to do it," she says.

MORE | For the latest on Tropical Storm Colin

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. 

JIA terminal
Jacksonville International Airport

Snow storms heading to the eastern seaboard have resulted in thousands of flight cancellations. Jacksonville International Airport had 29 canceled flights as of Friday around lunchtime.

The chances of a tornado in the Florida Panhandle Friday are growing, and—similar to last weekend’s deadly twister in Central Florida—it could hit before dawn.

FPREN

The coldest air of the fall season has swept across the state in the wake of the weekend front. However, when you consider how warm this season has been so far, this isn't saying much.

For the first time in many weeks, temperatures will actually fall below the seasonal norms through Tuesday.

Lindsay Hardee

A Coastal Flood Advisory from the National Weather Service is in effect in the San Marco and Ortega neighborhoods of Jacksonville through at least the middle of next week.

Lindsay Hardee lives about a block away from the river in San Marco. She says the road has been so flooded, she found a fish in the road. And sure enough, a few yards away from where she’s standing, a six-inch gray fish is baking in the sun.


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.  

NOAA

Few things are certain in our skies. But Thursday, Gerry Bell, lead forecaster from NOAA, says he is very confident in this year’s seasonal hurricane outlook.

Bell said, “The likelihood for a below normal season has jumped from 70% in May to 90% with today’s updated outlook.”

This is the highest level of confidence NOAA has ever had for a seasonal forecast since they started publishing them in 1998.

Weather Service Confirms Tornado Hit San Marco Saturday

Apr 26, 2015
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Austin Luffman via News4Jax

The National Weather Service has confirmed it was an EF-1 tornado with winds of 104 mph that left a path of destruction across San Marco and the Southside over the weekend.

The tornado developed along the eastern shore of the St. Johns River and moved east-southeast for 3.45 miles, weather officials said. Numerous trees and power lines were knocked down. There was substantial roof damage to several businesses near Philips Highway.

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

JEA Releases Energy-Efficient Heating Tips

Jan 8, 2015
News4Jax

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."

Jeff Huffman / FPREN

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.

Jeff Huffman

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.

Courtesy of Joy Batteh-Freiha

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.

Jeff Huffman

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.

Alex Pellom / Twitter

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. 

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