Severe storms drop hail, flood streets

Jacksonville Beach flooding
Jacksonville Beach flooding

Severe thunderstorms that swept through the Northeast Florida area Wednesday afternoon produced quarter-size hail and flooded streets at the beaches. 

A storm formed at the Jacksonville International Airport on Northside, where a 66 mph downburst was reported about 4:15 p.m. 

Some flights were unable to take off on time due to the weather, and there were delays for flights departing for Atlanta, Newark, Charlotte and Washington. To check the status of a flight, click here.

The severe storm then moved to the Oceanway and Mayport areas, bringing wind, rain and hail. 

Just before 5 p.m., JEA reported that more than 7,500 customers were without power on the Northside and in Northwest Jacksonville. Power was restored to most customers within a couple hours. 

The Weather Authority said the storm reformed and strengthened around Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville beaches. 

Heavy rain flooded streets in Jacksonville Beach. 

A new storm then formed in the Nocatee area of St. Johns County, dropping hail in the area.

Mark Fernandez, the head of operations for the St. Johns River Ferry, said the storm broke a barge loose that blocked the Mayport slip, and so the ferry was stuck on the Fort George Island-side.

The ferry service was closed, but was expected to be up and running again soon, Fernandez told News4Jax about 7:45 p.m. 

Parts of a roof were ripped off the Barz Liquors and Fish Camp restaurant on Heckscher Drive during the storm, too.

According to the restaurant's Facebook page, Barz will be closed Thursday as a result of the damage.