The FHP shut down Interstate 10 in Baker County Tuesday morning due to standing water in the road, and dozens of other area roads across northeast Florida are also closed due to flooding.
At 9 p.m., a 50-mile stretch of I-10 remained closed between U.S. 90 in Baker County (Exit 324) and the I-75 interchange. The Florida Highway Patrol and Baker and Columbia County deputies detoured all traffic onto U.S. 90, but urged caution because of pooling water on that road.
Road closings in Baker beyond I-10:
- U.S. 90 from I-10 to Nassau County line – partial closure in three areas.
- U.S. 90 east of County Road 231 in Sanderson is covered with standing water.
- State Road 121 at Steel Bridge Road in Macclenny is under water.
- U.S. 1 northbound at Roy Booth Road is under water.
The St. Marys River near Macclenny is now at 19 feet -- 7 feet above flood stage and now classified a major flood. The waters are expected to crest at 20.8 feet on Wednesday afternoon -- the highest the river has been since 2004.
The Red Cross opened a shelter at Macclenny Elementary School on Wildkitten Drive.
All Baker County offices and courthouse offices will be closed Wednesday because of safety concerns. The county doesn’t want people traveling over flooded roadways.
After downpours Tuesday light prompted flash floods in several parts of town, the Red Cross opened a shelter Red Cross opened a shelter for Jacksonville residents at the Legends Center at 5130 Soutel Drive.
"Safety is priority one," said Mayor Alvin Brown. "Everyone should exercise caution and avoid flood waters. Level 2 activation means that the city has increased its observation and put additional resources on standby to respond. We ask that residents do the same and develop family plans to use throughout tropical storm season."
As of Tuesday morning, officials with Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said up to 12 inches of rain had fallen in the area, saturating the ground and causing about 60 road closures overall.
From crews' reports, one home in the Boone Park area has been destroyed. Another home in the McCoys Creek area has suffered major damage, and 11 properties in Boone Park and McCoy's Creek have suffered minor damage from flooding. A fixed base operator hangar at Jacksonville International Airport also suffered wind damage. Commercial air service was not impacted.
The storm has also caused some power outages. As of early Monday evening, JEA reported 172 power outages in Jacksonville. The number of outages is constantly changing; however, JEA experienced a high of 2,600 outages earlier Tuesday.
Road closings in Jacksonville (as of 1 p.m. Tuesday):
- Market Street
- Imeson Road and Pritchard Road
- Pecan Park and Yankee Clipper
- Brandy Branch and Beaver Street
- Shindler Road and 103rd
- 2000 East Adams at the Shipyards
- Garden Street and Messer Street
- Oak Street at South Edgewood Avenue
- North Lane Avenue, 300-500 Block
- Kings Street and McCoys Creek Blvd.
- 3500 Block of Oak Street and S. Edgewater Road
- Allison Street and Lowell Avenue
- Old Kings Road North and Iowa Road
- Johnson and Johnson Court
- Harrell Street
- Stockton Street at McCoys Creek Blvd.
JFRD said I-10 at Chaffee Road has received about 2-4 inches of rain in a short period of time. Drivers are urged to avoid the area or use extreme caution.
Residents are urged to not only avoid driving through standing water, but are also advised to avoid walking through standing water.
"It is very easy to walk outside and see that it is not raining," said Fire Chief Marty Senterfitt. "However, residents need to be aware that the ground is already saturated and more rain is coming. So be prepared."
The University of North Florida campus will be closed until noon Wednesday. Further updates about the status of UNF classes will be posted at unf.com.