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Residents of the First Coast and communities across Florida have a powerful, new resource in their disaster preparedness tool kit.

Lenny Curry, Escambia County Jail, and Jameis Winston are in the headlines today.

Morette Company

Two inmates are dead and between 100 and 150 others are injured following a gas explosion at Escambia County's central booking and detention facility in Pensacola late Wednesday night.

Jeff Huffman

A complex of thunderstorms stalled and dumped unrelenting rain over the western side of the panhandle overnight, totaling up to 20 inches in some spots. The flooding was the most severe near Pensacola, where dozens of roads were closed and cars submerged.

Jeff Huffman

A significant rain event with a low-end risk for severe weather is likely in North Florida on Friday and Friday night.

Jeff Huffman

Some local waterways could be inundated this week following today's rain.

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Expect heavy rain and a thunderstorm or two as a low pressure system moves across the Jacksonville area today.

Pension reform, University of Florida, and tourism are in the headlines today.

National Weather Service Jacksonville

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 2 p.m. Friday for Northeast Florida, Southeast Georgia and the adjacent coastal waters.

A strong cold front will push across the region today with widespread showers and scattered thunderstorms. We may see strong to severe winds with damaging wind gusts possible.

Michael Dunn, sex trafficking, and Obamacare are in the headlines today.

Michael Dunn, Kelly Mathis, and pension reform are in the headlines today.

Jeff Huffman

The same storm that is delivering "crippling" amounts of ice and snow just to our north, could bring a round of strong thunderstorms to parts of the state this evening.

Michael Dunn, Jimmy Ryce, and Kelly Mathis are in the headlines today.

Michael Dunn, human trafficking, and flight delays are in the headlines today.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

While the rest of the country looks to famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil this Sunday, the First Coast will be keeping a weather eye (so to speak) on Penelope, the hedgehog.

Met Park, the Florida governor's race, and juvenile justice are in the headlines today.

Jeff Huffman

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for a wintry mix of precipitation in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday evening to 9 a.m. Thursday for Baker, Nassau, Duval and Union counties.

Schools in Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Nassau and Union counties will be closed Thursday.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday for the Suwannee Valley Region.

Rain will mix with sleet and possibly freezing rain tonight into Thursday morning in Jacksonville.

Winter storms, the Dozier School for Boys, and Tim Tebow are in the headlines today.

In Louisiana:

-- "Jindal declares state of emergency, urges caution ahead of winter storm." (The Times-Picayune)

In Mississippi:

"Storm warning: Emergency plans put in place." (Clarion-Ledger)

In Alabama:

Medical marijuana, snow, and Gov. Rick Scott are in the headlines today.

The Central Florida Water Initiative, Toney Sleiman, and a freeze watch are in the headlines today.

The polar vortex, Marissa Alexander, and Gov. Rick Scott are in the headlines today.

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Organizations that help the homeless are ramping up their services as dangerously cold arctic air moves into the First Coast.

Jeff Huffman

The coldest air mass since 2010, maybe 2003, has arrived in The Sunshine State.

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With record cold temperatures expected for the First Coast tonight, farmers are bringing in their livestock and covering what plants they can.

Chilly temperatures, shootings, and Congress are in the headlines today.

NASA caught our eye earlier today when the space agency tweeted a composite image of the huge winter storm that has covered parts of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. with a deep blanket of snow.

The photos that make up the image were taken Thursday, NASA says, during several passes of its Aqua satellite. The craft used its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer — MODIS — "to capture this true-color image of a massive winter storm moving up the eastern seaboard," the agency says.

National Weather Service / National Oceanic Atmospheric Association

Severe winter weather in the central and Northeastern U.S. is causing problems for passengers at Jacksonville International Airport.

Updated 11:30 p.m. ET

The Associated Press reports: "The National Weather Service said 21 inches of snow had fallen in Boxford, just north of Boston, by Thursday night, while other parts of the state had 17 or 18 inches. It said parts of upstate New York had 18 inches."

The New York Times reports:

Jeff Huffman

Some residents of Flagler County are picking up pieces of their homes today, after Saturday's soggy weather turned violent.  An EF1 tornado hit Palm Coast Saturday around 7:00pm with winds up to 105 mph.  Seven homes were completely destroyed, and officials said 164 were damaged by the storm.