St. Augustine officials warn about potential flooding from Michael

Hurricane Michael expected to affect Northeast Florida

By Jennifer Ready - Reporter

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Despite approaching Florida from the Gulf Coast side, Hurricane Michael is expected to have some impact on Northeast Florida.

St. Augustine officials are warning people about high winds and potential flooding. It's not uncommon for the city to flood during hurricanes and bad storms.

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According to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Michael is now a Category 1 hurricane and could grow even stronger by the time it makes landfall.

The system is expected to bring rain around the same time the King Tide is expected, making St. Augustine and other areas more vulnerable to flooding. 

The highest tide of the year, King Tide is expected to peak Tuesday and can cause some flooding in low-lying areas and at the beaches. King Tide paired with the rainfall might cause flooding because the water won't drain quickly.

St. Augustine city officials are asking people to be prepared. They reminded residents to never drive through floodwaters. 

Michael might bring strong winds and possible power outages to the area, according to St. Johns County Emergency Management. Officials are urging residents to be prepared by making sure their cars are filled with gas and hurricane supply kits are stocked. 

The city of St. Augustine does have a form on its website where people can report flooding. Residents  can submit a photo of the flooding, as well as a description of the location. 

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