Nassau County storm surge expected to be at worst early Friday morning

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – Nassau County Emergency Management’s director on Thursday again warned residents in low-lying neighborhoods of the storm surge from Ian, and that the impacts would be the worst -- especially in coastal regions -- around midnight Friday.

By Thursday afternoon, Emergency Management said there was still time for people in the evacuation zones to seek shelter. The county issued an evacuation order Wednesday morning for Zones A and D.

The beaches closed at 8 a.m. Thursday, and bridges would follow if sustained winds reached 40 mph.

It wasn’t immediately clear when residents would be given the OK to return home, but upon returning home, authorities asked residents to have their IDs available, or some form of documentation to confirm their address.

On Wednesday, deputies rescued two people from a sailboat as stormy conditions began to affected parts of Northeast Florida.

The Sheriff’s Office said the people were rescued from the boat in Fernandina Harbor around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. No one was hurt.

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