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Update 5:13 p.m.:  The City of Tallahassee will open additional sandbag locations Monday, Oct. 8. Withrop Park and Messer Park are presently open. The additional sites are:

  • Tekesta Park, at Tekesta Drive and Deer Lake Road in Killearn Lakes (County)
  • Apalachee Regional Park (Landfill), 7550 Apalachee Parkway (County)
  • J. Lee Vause, 6024 Old Bainbridge Road (County)
  • At the intersection of Oak Ridge at Ranchero roads (County)

County locations will be staffed, and all residents will need to bring their own shovel. Sand, bags and ties will be available for public use. Residents are asked to take no more than 20 bags (25 at City sites) so as to allow others to prepare. Staff will monitor the sites to replenish as needed.

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Original Story: 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. Tropical Storm Michael formed over the western Caribbean Sunday morning, and the National Hurricane Center says it could become a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico by Wednesday.

Jacob Sippel / U.S. Navy/Naval Hospital Jacksonville

A North Carolina military couple evacuated to Northeast Florida to escape Hurricane Florence will return home with a family double the size.

David Luckin / WJCT

Two Jacksonville-area hospitals are opening their doors to patients being evacuated from facilities in the path of Hurricane Florence while Florida utility crews make their way to the Carolinas.

Updated at 6:15 a.m. ET on Wednesday

The severity of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, is intensifying and triggering hurricane warnings along the coasts of the Carolinas, the National Hurricane Center announced in its 5 a.m. Wednesday update.

Jacksonville flooding
Robert Torbert

Although current tracks have Hurricane Florence staying well north of Jacksonville, the River City remains in a vulnerable position when it comes to storms.

Bruce Lipsky / The Florida Times-Union

With Florence now a major hurricane and currently forecast to head to the Carolinas, First Coast area beachgoers need be aware of possible life threatening rip-currents this week.

Florence became a hurricane again Sunday morning, and is forecast to rapidly intensify into a major hurricane by Monday. There is a growing concern that Florence will be a dangerous, slow-moving and significant threat to the Mid-Atlantic states later this week.

Three Systems to Watch in the Atlantic

Sep 7, 2018

Gordon may be gone, but there's no doubt the heart of hurricane season is here. Florence is a potential hurricane threat to the Mid-Atlantic states next week, and two other tropical waves are likely to develop behind it this weekend. One, in particular, could - emphasis on the word “could” - be a concern to Florida in about ten days.

Via NPR

With Gordon expected to become a hurricane and headed to the U.S. Gulf Coast, analysts are keeping a close eye on the nation’s oil refineries.

Tropical Storm Gordon Forms over South Florida

Sep 3, 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon formed Monday morning near Key Largo, Florida and is expected to bring heavy rain, gusty winds and possible tornadoes to portions of South Florida Monday afternoon and night.

The storm is then likely to continue strengthening as it moves into the eastern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, before making landfall across the central Gulf Coast states Tuesday night.

Tropical Wave to Approach Florida by Labor Day

Aug 31, 2018

A tropical wave will move across the peninsula this weekend, enhancing rainfall and potentially washing out holiday plans for many Floridians. The disturbance could even develop into a tropical storm over the Gulf of Mexico the following week.

Drier weather is expected Tuesday through Thursday from a more northerly flow on the back side of Tropical Storm Chris. 

July is usually a quiet month in the tropical Atlantic. Not this year. Two tropical storms have formed in the past four days, one briefly becoming a hurricane and the other expected to by late Monday. Neither system is an imminent or significant threat. Floridians, however, might want to keep a close eye on one.

Beryl barreling west

Hurricane Beryl will be approaching the Lesser Antilles this weekend, while a new tropical storm is likely to form off the coast of North Carolina. Beryl is forecast to weaken in the Caribbean, but still could move close to Puerto Rico as a tropical storm Monday. Soon-to-be Tropical Storm Chris could also become a hurricane by early next week, but is likely to be a just a menace to the Mid-Atlantic states and stay offshore.

“Brazen” Beryl Barreling West

It took less than 15 hours for Tropical Depression Two to become the season’s first hurricane in the Atlantic basin. With an eye only five miles wide and a wind field of only about 60 miles in diameter, Beryl has defied every forecast (so far) to become a tiny, but potent Category 1 hurricane.

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