Gov. DeSantis: Hurricane Ian is ‘real deal,’ ‘knocking on door of Category 5 storm’
Calling Hurricane Ian the "real deal" as he urged Floridians in the storm's immediate path to "hunker down" Wednesday morning, Gov. Ron DeSantis said the powerful Category 4 storm had wind speeds of 155 mph -- knocking on the door of a Category 5 (which starts at 157 mph).
Locally heavy rain could lead to flooding again today
Light rain near the Gulf Coast with a few showers north of I-10. Locally heavy rounds of slow moving storms could lead to local flooding. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop around 2 p.m. These will continue to push across northeast Florida and southeast Georgia with strong to isolated severe storms, hail, local flooding, lots of lightning and gusty wind. Cloudy skies with patchy fog overnight.
Summer showers and sizzling summer heat
Most of the rain is over for Jacksonville this evening. However, we are watching two bands that will continue in parts of the southern counties from Putnam to St. Johns late this afternoon and rain should last later into the evening across Georgia. The storms in Georgia could become briefly strong with gusty winds and heavy rain through 7 pm. The rain will move east out into the Atlantic while missing most of Duval tonight.
Party crasher to this year’s official start of hurricane season?
Once upon a time, not too many years ago, I could look into the predicted world weather patterns and see, well in advance, when there could be conducive properties for tropical storm development. I could identify these conditions and then sit on the thought, for maybe a week, or longer, to see whether or not if these predicted conditions actually would come together.
Florida home to be sold in novel non-fungible token deal
A home along Florida’s Gulf Coast will be auctioned off in the upcoming week as a non-fungible token in what is believed to be among the first such transactions in the U.S. Non-fungible tokens — or NFTs — use a version of the encryption technology employed to secure cryptocurrencies to create one-of-a-kind digital objects.
MTV Reality Casting Opportunity Here in Jax | River City Live
Anyone that feels they are a reality superstar in the making has the opportunity to prove that as MTV is currently casting a new reality program called Gulf Coast. They are casting throughout the south and telling potential candidates…”If you’re single, old enough to know better, young enough to not care, you’re at least 21 and unapologetically proud to be who you are? Apply now! Rance chatted with casting connection Chris Anthony to get the scoop. If you are interested in casting for this new hit show coming out, GULF COAST contact
A later start to afternoon storms will allow temperatures to soar
A later start to our isolated storms with widely scattered showers developing across the area as the Gulf coast sea breeze progresses eastward. The Atlantic sea breeze will be delayed until mid-day, remaining pinned near and along I-95 and the beaches through the late afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall will be possible. Heat index values of 100-105 degrees are expected this afternoon across much of our area.
Cedar Key pounds as Tropical Storm Elsa brushes by
Tropical Storm Elsa brought strong winds and rain to the Gulf Coast near Cedar Key on Wednesday as it moved past just 35 miles offshore. People who live and work on the small island were prepared to get some of the first and worst impacts of the storm.
What to expect: Tropical forecast for your neighborhood
Tropical Storm Elsa remains on a projected path just off Florida’s Gulf Coast with possible landfall early Wednesday in the Big Bend region. This potentially puts us on the powerful, “dirty” side of the storm with a greater chance of severe weather.
Massive winter storm causes gas prices to soar in Florida
Part of the reason you are paying more at the pump is because of supply issues caused by the winter weather on the Gulf Coast. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Drivers in Florida are paying more to fill up their gas tanks following last week’s massive winter storm in Texas. (WKMG)According to new numbers released Monday by AAA, gas prices in the state jumped 15 cents per gallon last week. Officials with AAA say that is the highest daily gas price average since July 2019. According to AAA, the spike in prices is similar to what is seen following a hurricane.
Grab your umbrella, especially if you live in Georgia
Literally stretching from Los Angeles, east along I-10 to Jacksonville will be a swath of light to moderate rains and showers. And there will be a fine line between the heavier rains (mainly north of Jacksonville) and just some scattered showers and some sunshine south of Jacksonville. Friday temperatures will be very mild, starting around 60° around sunrise and then into the low 70s south of Jacksonville. Those northeasterly winds will then surge southwards into Florida during the sunrise hours on Saturday. By the evening hours, northeasterly winds coming onshore will knocked down temperatures back into the 50s.
Ascension St. Vincent’s vaccinates frontline health care workers
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hundreds of frontline health care workers at Ascension St. Vincent’s in Riverside received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Thursday morning. Roughly 500 doses of COVID-19 are being administered to healthcare workers in Ascension St. Vincent’s Hospital and the message on Thursday was one of hope. Ascension St. Vincent’s in Jacksonville is moving forward with Pfizer to vaccinate its front-line staff today. 500 healthcare workers set to get the #CovidVaccine. After getting the first dose of the shot, healthcare workers stayed for 15 minutes for observation.
Cold front pushes the rain out and reinforces the cold
Decent amounts of rainfall, especially west of Jacksonville, where along the Gulf Coast (I-75 areas too) saw between 2-3″ of rain. Locally, we too have seen a few backyards receive up to two inches, but mainly about an inch of rain. Again, showers will be gone by 10 p.m. followed by chillier temperatures, with morning lows around 45. By Friday morning, skies clear out and we will see near freezing temperatures mainly west and north of Jacksonville. Weekend outlook more sunshine and a little milder as afternoon highs will be in the mid to upper 60s.
Fabulous Friday after some sunrise patchy inland fog
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Waking up to patchy fog on this Friday morning, most of it will be along US301 westward, or inland to the Gulf Coast. An exception to the nice “pop” in temperatures will be area beaches. Folks living at area beaches should anticipate these cooler afternoon conditions on Friday and Saturday. Normal low (just after sunrise) is about 45° at the airport to 50° downtown to area beaches. Normal afternoon high is about 68°.
Man is missing after falling from Florida dinner cruise
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The U.S. Coast Guard says a man went missing after falling into the water from a dinner-cruise ship in the Gulf Coast in Florida. J.P. boat late Friday. The companysays Capt J.P. is a 475-passenger paddlewheel boat that tours the scenic Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Florida. Coast Guard crews searched for more than 11 hours in the waters before suspending the search. They received help from agencies such as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Fort Myers Beach Police, and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Eta bringing dangerous conditions to Jacksonville’s beaches
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – As Tropical Storm Eta inches up the Gulf Coast, projected to make landfall near Cedar Key early Thursday, conditions on the Atlantic Ocean side of Florida are starting to pick up. Lifeguards are warning people it will bring dangerous water conditions. “We’re expecting 20 to 35 mph sustained winds, windows higher than that,” said 1st Lt. Casey Donnell, a supervisor at Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue. “Your experienced swimmers, everyone is going to experience heavier surf than they’re used to. But they will not be on chairs, and rescuers are hoping to not have to go into the water after anyone.
Zeta temporarily weakens into a Tropical Storm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – At 5 p.m. the center of Tropical Storm Zeta was crossing the Louisiana coast. The center of Hurricane Zeta was located near latitude 29.2 North, longitude 90.6 West. Weakening will occur while Zeta moves over the southeastern United States on Thursday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles. This year’s season has so many storms that the hurricane center had to turn to the Greek alphabet after running out of official names for only the second time in history.
At least 1 dead as Hurricane Zeta hammers Gulf Coast
Hurricane Zeta passed through Wednesday leaving much of the city and metro area without power. Even as Zeta battered the south, the upcoming election was still on the mind of some residents. “Guys, we received the brunt of Zeta, and Zeta gave us a good punch,” McInnis told WDSU-TV. More than 875,000 customers were without electricity in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, including about 350,000 in metro New Orleans. Winds could be “especially severe” in the southern Appalachian Mountains, where flash flooding is possible, the hurricane center said.
New storm Zeta a hurricane threat to Mexico, US Gulf Coast
MIAMI – Newly formed Tropical Storm Zeta gradually strengthened Sunday in the western Caribbean and forecasters said it would likely become a hurricane before hitting Mexico's resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and the U.S. Gulf Coast in coming days. Zeta was the earliest named 27th Atlantic storm recorded in an already historic hurricane season. The system was centered about 260 miles (420 kilometers) southeast of Cozumel island late Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The government is still handing out aid, including sheet roofing, to Yucatan residents hit by Hurricane Delta and Tropical Storm Gamma earlier this month. The hurricane center said it could make landfall anywhere from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.
Zeta Zooming Offshore The Mid-Atlantic Coast Toward The Western Atlantic
Zeta is moving toward the east-northeast near 55 mph (89 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through tonight. On the forecast track, the center of Zeta will emerge over the western Atlantic this evening. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. A sustained wind of 39 mph (63 km/h) and a gust to 46 mph (74 km/h) were recently reported at Ocean City, Maryland. RAINFALL: The last of the heavy rainfall along the track of Zeta will impact the Mid-Atlantic through this evening.
US Navy: 2 onboard training plane killed in Alabama crash
FOLEY, Ala. – A U.S. Navy training plane that took off from Florida crashed Friday in an Alabama residential neighborhood near the Gulf Coast, killing both people in the plane, authorities said. Zach Harrell, a spokesperson for Commander, Naval Air Forces, said both people in the T-6B Texan II training plane died, but they weren’t immediately releasing their names. The crash occurred southeast of Mobile, near the city of Foley and the town of Magnolia Springs. The plane had flown out of Naval Air Station Whiting Field, about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) northeast of Pensacola, Florida, Navy spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn said. The U.S. Department of Defense and the Navy were set to handle the investigation, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.
US Navy: 2 onboard training plane killed in Alabama crash
This photo provided by Greg Crippen shows the scene where a U.S. Navy training plane crashed in an Alabama residential neighborhood near the Gulf Coast, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 near Foley, Ala. (Greg Crippen via AP)FOLEY, Ala. – A U.S. Navy training plane that took off from Florida crashed Friday in an Alabama residential neighborhood near the Gulf Coast, killing both people in the plane, authorities said. Zach Harrell, a spokesperson for Commander, Naval Air Forces, said both people in the T-6B Texan II training plane died, but they weren't immediately releasing their names. The crash occurred southeast of Mobile, near the city of Foley and the town of Magnolia Springs. The plane had flown out of Naval Air Station Whiting Field, about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) northeast of Pensacola, Florida, Navy spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn said. The U.S. Department of Defense and the Navy were set to handle the investigation, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.
'This is not a bad dream': New hurricane menaces Louisiana
Louisiana residents still recovering from the devastation of a powerful hurricane less than two months ago braced for another hit as Hurricane Delta steamed north through the Gulf on Thursday after swiping Mexicos Yucatan Peninsula. The projected path included the southwest area of Louisiana where Category 4 Hurricane Laura made landfall less than two months ago. Randazzo watched pieces of one of his restaurants, Panorama Music House, fly past a meteorologist’s car on a Facebook Live video during Hurricane Laura. The most recent forecast for Hurricane Delta has the storm making landfall “almost precisely” where Hurricane Laura struck — a region where homes and electrical infrastructure are still damaged, Edwards said in a radio interview. New Orleans, well to the east of the projected landfall area, was expected to escape the worst of Hurricane Delta.
Busy 2020 hurricane season has Louisiana bracing a 6th time
The storm being watched Wednesday was Hurricane Delta, the 25th named storm of the Atlantic's unprecedented hurricane season. Forecasts placed most of Louisiana within Delta's path, with the latest National Hurricane Center estimating landfall in the state on Friday. Along with getting hit by Hurricane Laura and escaping Hurricane Sally, Louisiana saw heavy flooding June 7 from Tropical Storm Cristobal. Tropical Storm Beta prompted tropical storm warnings in mid-September as it slowly crawled up the northeast Texas coast. “Not seeing any signs of any additional tropical weather in the extended which is OK with us because we are SO DONE with Hurricane Season 2020,” they wrote.
Dangerous Hurricane Delta closing in on Mexico's Yucatan
Fishermen pull in a boat before the arrival of Hurricane Delta in Puerto Juarez, Cancun, Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane Tuesday on a course to hammer southeastern Mexico and then continue on to the U.S. Gulf coast this week. (AP Photo/Victor Ruiz Garcia)MEXICO CITY – Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified into a dangerous Category 4 storm Tuesday while on a course to hammer Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and then continue on to the U.S. Gulf Coast later in the week. From Tulum to Cancun, tourism-dependent communities still soaked by the remnants of Tropical Storm Gamma could bear the brunt of Delta. Delta increased in strength 80 mph, more than doubling from a 60 mph storm at 2 pm EDT Monday to 140 mph at 2 pm EDT Tuesday.
Sheriff: Woman fatally shot at BB&T bank branch in Florida
VENICE, Fla. – A woman was fatally shot at a bank in Venice on Monday morning, sheriff’s officials said. The shooting happened just after 9 a.m. Monday at a BB&T bank branch in Venice, which is near Sarasota on Florida's Gulf Coast, the Sarasota Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. Arriving deputies found the woman dead at the scene. The sheriff's office hasn't released many details about the shooting. But officials said “all involved parties are accounted for," the post said,Investigators are working to notify the woman's relatives.
Delta grows into hurricane in Caribbean; eyes Yucatan, Cuba
MEXICO CITY – Tropical Storm Delta rapidly strengthened into a hurricane in the Caribbean Monday, aiming to hit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula potentially as a major storm before continuing on to strike the U.S. Gulf coast later in the week. It continued to break up just north of the Yucatan Peninsula. The hurricane was moving into an area with very warm water and nearly calm high winds that forecasters at the hurricane center called “a very conducive environment for strengthening." The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Monday evening that a hurricane warning was in effect in Mexico, from Tulum to Rio Lagartos, as well as Cozumel. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Cayman Islands and the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio.
Post-Tropical Remnants Of Delta Continue Weaken, As The Heavy Rainfall Threat Diminishes Late Sunday Night
Location 90 miles S of Knoxville Tennessee Wind 15 mph Heading E at 15 mph Pressure 29.77 Coordinates 84.1W, 34.5NDiscussionAt 1100 PM EDT (0300 UTC), the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Delta was located near latitude 34.5 North, longitude 84.1 West. The post-tropical cyclone is moving toward the east near 15 mph, and this motion is expected to continue tonight and Monday morning. Maximum sustained winds are near 15 mph (30 km/h) with higher gusts. Some further weakening is possible tonight as a new surface low develops in the Carolinas, and Delta's surface low is expected to be absorbed by this new low pressure area on Monday. Moderate to major river flooring will continue across the Calcasieu and Mermentau river basins in Louisiana through much of next week
Hurricane Sally punched 3 holes in this Florida island
Hurricane Sally left its mark on Florida when it slammed into the Gulf Coast this month. But perhaps the clearest visual evidence of Sally’s destructive force can be found at the easternmost point of Perdido Key, a barrier island situated southwest of Pensacola. Satellite images captured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration before and after Sally’s arrival show the three holes the hurricane punched in the uninhabited stretch of the barrier island. He said it’s not unusual for storms to create the kind of overwash that results in breaches — Hurricane Sandy cut similar holes in Fire Island when it came ashore in 2012, breaches that have yet to be filled. He said it’s too early to say if the Perdido Key breaches will heal on their own.
Tropical Storm Beta churns slowly toward Texas and Louisiana
Forecasters said Beta was not expected to bring the same amount of rainfall that Texas experienced during either Hurricane Harvey in 2017 or Tropical Storm Imelda last year. The first rain bands from Beta reached the Texas coast on Sunday, but the heaviest rain wasn't expected to arrive until Monday into Tuesday. If the system makes landfall in Texas, it would be the ninth named storm to make landfall in the continental U.S. in 2020. A tropical storm warning was in effect for Bermuda. Wilfred, which had been a tropical storm, weakened to a tropical depression earlier Sunday.
'Sigh of relief': Sally spares a Mississippi gator ranch
– As rain and wind from Sally starting reaching the Gulf Coast, the manager of a Mississippi alligator ranch was just hoping he wouldn’t have to deal with a repeat of what happened during Hurricane Katrina. That’s when about 250 alligators escaped their enclosures as storm surge pushed water over the grounds. “I’m thinking a sigh of relief somewhat,” said manager Tim Parker, who took over Gulf Coast Gator Ranch & Tours after Katrina. As the hurricane moved east of Mississippi, the surge forecast was reduced to no more than 4 feet (1.2 meters). Parker’s farm has alligators up to 14 feet long, roaming and swimming through ponds, sand dunes and tall marsh grass.
Resurgent Sally threatens drenching in Alabama, Florida
A curfew was called in the coastal Alabama city of Gulf Shores due to life-threatening conditions. The county includes Pensacola, one of the largest cities on the Gulf Coast. Landfall was expected on the northern Gulf Coast early Wednesday. Although the hurricane had the Alabama and Florida coasts in its sights Wednesday, its effects were felt all along the northern Gulf Coast. With Hurricane Sally expected to dump rain for days, the problem could be worse than normal, she said.
The Latest: Sally strengthens to Category 2 hurricane
People play in a flooded parking lot at Navarre Beach, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Pensacola Beach, Fla. Hurricane Sally is crawling toward the northern Gulf Coast at just 2 mph, a pace that's enabling the storm to gather huge amounts of water to eventually dump on land. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Here are the latest developments on tropical weather (all times local):PENSACOLA, Fla. — Sally has restrengthened into a powerful Category 2 hurricane as it veers eastward and crawls toward a potential landfall between the Florida Panhandle and Mobile Bay. The National Hurricane Center said early Wednesday that the storm's sustained winds had increased to 100 mph (161 kph). The latest forecast track has the hurricane making landfall later Wednesday morning. About 1 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Sally was centered about 65 miles (105 kilometers) southeast of Mobile, Alabama, and 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of Pensacola, Florida.
The Latest: Sally's rains pummel western Florida Panhandle
Waters from the Guld of Mexico poor onto a local road, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Waveland, Miss. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbrt)Here are the latest developments on tropical weather (all times local):___The Florida Panhandle is being pummeled by heavy rains from Hurricane Sally’s outer bands. The powerful, plodding storm was crawling toward the northern Gulf Coast at 3 mph (4.8 kph) early Tuesday. Florida’s governor declared an emergency in two western Panhandle counties. President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Sally threatens shores of Florida Panhandle
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With storm warnings issued that include Florida’s Panhandle, the Atlantic storm season is a Wilfred away from going Greek. Hurricane Sally was threatening the Gulf Coast on Monday, with a hurricane warning in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana, to Navarre, Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center. A tropical storm warning was in effect from Navarre in Santa Rosa County to Indian Pass in Gulf County. Meanwhile, the hurricane center on Monday was tracking four other named storms in the Atlantic Ocean — Paulette, Rene, Teddy and Vicky. That has only occurred once before, in 2005, when there were 27 named storms.
Sally strengthens into extremely dangerous Category 2 storm
This satellite photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Sally, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at 2050 GMT. Sally churned northward on Sunday, poised to turn into a hurricane and send a life-threatening storm surge along the northern Gulf of Mexico. (NOAA via AP)Here are the latest developments on tropical weather (all times local):4 p.m.A rapidly intensifying Hurricane Sally is closing in on the northern Gulf Coast Sally after reaching Category 2 strength. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Sally has grown into an extremely dangerous hurricane with top sustained winds of 100 mph (155 kph). The storm could drop as much as 2 feet (0.6 meters) of rain in spots and that could bring severe flooding, according to the center.
Tropical Storm Sally to become hurricane as it nears Gulf Coast
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The tropical storm that formed Saturday off south Florida is strengthening over the warm Gulf waters is expected to approach the Gulf Coast on Monday night with high winds and a life-threatening storm surge. At 8 a.m. Monday, Tropical Storm Sally has 65 mph sustained winds and was centered about 115 miles east southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. The National Hurricane Center said dangerous storm surge was possible along the northern Gulf Coast starting on Monday and added hurricane conditions could set in there early Tuesday. A tropical storm watch was extended westward from the Okaloosa/Walton County line in Florida to the Alabama-Florida line. Tropical Storm Rene weakened in recent hours and was reclassified as a tropical depression.
Gulf Coast residents brace for possible new hurricane
– Storm-weary Gulf Coast residents prepared for a new weather onslaught Monday as Tropical Storm Sally churned northward. He said a matching pelican marker on the opposite side of the driveway was washed away in Tropical Storm Cristobal earlier this summer. “That system is forecast to bring not only damaging winds but a dangerous storm surge,” said Daniel Brown of the Hurricane Center. Once a tropical storm, Rene was forecast to become a remnant low Monday. Tropical Depression Twenty was expected to strengthen this week and become a tropical storm by Tuesday, forecasters said.
Sally set to become hurricane and threaten U.S. Gulf Coast
– Tropical Storm Sally slowed down Sunday as it churned northward toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, increasing the risk of heavy rain and dangerous storm surge before an expected strike as a Category 2 hurricane in southern Louisiana. He said a matching pelican marker on the opposite side of the driveway was washed away in Tropical Storm Cristobal earlier this summer. Once a tropical storm, Rene was forecast to become a remnant low Monday. Tropical Depression Twenty was expected to strengthen this week and become a tropical storm by Tuesday, forecasters said. “It is likely that this storm system will be impacting Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
Paulette rolls toward Bermuda; Sally threatens Gulf Coast
MIAMI – Residents of Bermuda were urged to prepare to protect life and property ahead of Hurricane Paulette, while Tropical Storm Sally threatened to intensify into a hurricane as it approached the U.S. Gulf Coast. Paulette had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph) as the system moved along a curved course toward Bermuda, forecasters said. The biggest threats were strong winds, storm surge, up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain and life-threatening surf and rip currents. A slow moving storm, Sally could produce rain totals up to 20 inches (51 centimeters) by the middle of the week, forecasters said. Tropical Depression Twenty was expected to strengthen this week and become a tropical storm by Tuesday, forecasters said.
Laura's coastal cost assessed with drones, satellite images
Some key takeaways of the immediate analysis of Laura's effects have emerged:IT WILL TAKE MONTHS TO KNOW EFFECTS:Scientists say some coastal impact from Hurricane Laura is inevitable. Bren Haase, who heads the states Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, said the eastern Cameron shoreline got pounded pretty hard." SALINITY'S A PROBLEMAnother question is how long storm surge waters sit before eventually draining away. Laura took a slight jog to the East just before making landfall which probably prevented some of the worst storm surge from pushing all the way into Lake Charles. This might be in part because the storm blew through so quickly and the storm surge was so high that it simply rode over the marshes, rather than tearing them up.
Fierce storm surge feared as Laura bears down on Gulf Coast
A girl wades towards her flooded home the day after the passing of Tropical Storm Laura in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Laura battered the Dominican Republic and Haiti on it's way to the U.S. Gulf Coast, where forecaster fear it could become a major hurricane. Now forecasters are turning their attention the Gulf Coast, where up to 11 feet (3.4 meters) of sea water storm surge could inundate the coastline from High Island in Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana, the hurricane center said. Hurricane Rita then struck southwest Louisiana that Sept. 24 as a Category 3 storm. We might have dodged a bullet with Marco, and obviously some people along the Gulf Coast are not going to be as blessed as us.___Martin reported from Marietta, Georgia.
Marco continues to weaken as it nears Louisiana
Forecasters warn the system could bring a storm surge and damaging winds to coastal Mississippi and Louisiana through Tuesday. As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, Marco was down graded to a Post-Tropical Storms 110 miles south-southeast of Lafayette, Louisiana. Marco is forecast to approach the coast of Louisiana and then degenerate into a remnant low on Today. A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Morgan City, Louisiana, to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, including Lake Borgne. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Intracoastal City to the Mississippi/Alabama border, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and metropolitan New Orleans.
Storm Marco closes in on Louisiana as Laura buffets Cuba
A girl wades towards her flooded home the day after the passing of Tropical Storm Laura in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Laura battered the Dominican Republic and Haiti on it's way to the U.S. Gulf Coast, where forecaster fear it could become a major hurricane. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Wet end to the week, Richard is looking ahead to your weekend
Afternoon highs in the low 90s inland with low 90s along our beaches. Afternoon highs in the low 90s inland, low 90s along our beaches. Sunday: A hazy start with patchy fog followed by scattered afternoon showers with thunderstorms. Afternoon highs in the low 90s inland, upper 80s to low 90s along our beaches. Looking ahead: The unsettled pattern continues early next week with scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
Creator of mosquito-themed state flag says design was a joke
Magnolias, stars, a Gulf Coast lighthouse, a teddy bear, and even Kermit the Frog appear on some of the over 1,800 proposals submitted by the general public for a new Mississippi flag and posted Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, on the Mississippi Department of Archives and History web site. The state recently retired the last state banner with the Confederate battle emblem that's widely condemned as racist and a nine-member commission will design a replacement that cannot include the Confederate symbol and must have the phrase, "In God We Trust." (Mississippi Department of Archives and History, via AP)
Tropical Storm Cristobal draws nearer to US Gulf Coast
Saturday, June 6, 2020, ahead of Tropical Storm Cristobal. A re-energized Tropical Storm Cristobal advanced toward the U.S. Gulf Coast early Saturday, bringing with it the heavy rains that already caused flooding and mudslides in Mexico and Central America. After weakening to a tropical depression while moving over land in Mexico's Gulf coast, Cristobal headed back into the southern Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula on Friday and powered back up into a tropical storm. Outer rain bands from the storm were spreading across parts of the northern Gulf Coast early Sunday, and conditions were expected to deteriorate. A tropical storm warning was posted for the northern Gulf of Mexico coast from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border.
Tropical Storm Cristobal advances toward US Gulf Coast
MIAMI A re-energized Tropical Storm Cristobal advanced toward the U.S. Gulf Coast early Saturday, bringing with it the heavy rains that already caused flooding and mudslides in Mexico and Central America. After weakening to a tropical depression while moving over land in Mexico's Gulf coast, Cristobal headed back into the southern Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula on Friday and powered back up into a tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 7 a.m. advisory Saturday that the storm was expected to slowly strengthen until it makes landfall, expected Sunday night along the U.S. Gulf Coast. A tropical storm watch was posted for the northern Gulf of Mexico coast from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border. Cristobal formed this week in the Bay of Campeche from the remnants of Tropical Storm Amanda, which had sprung up last weekend in the eastern Pacific and hit Central America.
2,000-pound great white shark pings off Florida’s Gulf Coast
Marine researchers noticed some unusual activity over the weekend when a massive great white shark was recorded off the coast of the Northwest Florida. The shark, known as Unama’ki, registered a ping offshore of Cedar Key about 7:45 p.m. Saturday. “We don’t usually get white shark pings this far northeast in the Gulf of Mexico.”Unama'ki registered a ping Saturday evening offshore of Cedar Key. (Courtesy of OCEARCH)Unama’ki was originally tagged Sept. 20, 2019, off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, and registered its first ping about a week later. “As a big mature female, Unama’ki has the potential to lead us to the site where she gives birth and exposes a new white shark nursery.”
Olga is bringing heavy rain to the Gulf Coast
Olga is expected to bring heavy rain Saturday to parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, according to the National Weather Service. The central Gulf Coast into the Lower Mississippi Valley and western Tennessee Valley could receive 3 to 6 inches of rain, forecasters said. Coastal flooding from above normal tides and isolated tornadoes are possible Saturday as the storm moves in, the weather service said. A post-tropical cyclone still carries heavy rain and high winds but no longer has some of the characteristics that would classify it as a tropical storm, the National Hurricane Center says. Olga became a tropical storm Friday afternoon, with wind speeds in the range of 39 to 73 mph.
Unsettled weather heading into the weekend
A weak frontal boundary will persist off the east coast which will bring showers with a few thunderstorms possible. Afternoon highs in the upper 70s to 80s. Cloudy skies with showers possible overnight. Saturday: A warm front will lift through the area as a possible tropical or sub-tropical low develops along the central Gulf Coast. Showers possible through the day with wake up temperatures in the upper 60s to 70s.
Nestor makes landfall on St. Vincent Island; Watch flight video
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Thunderstorms have vanished around the center of Nestor as the system loses its tropical characteristics with the 2 p.m. update. Heavy rains have ended across northern Florida and the tornado threat is diminishing as drier air undercuts Nestor's circulation and slides into our area Saturday afternoon. The tropical storm broke into two separate sections where the heavy rain and severe storm threat targeting the Florida peninsula even though the low level center of Nestor lags far behind near the panhandle. Isolated tornado threat may increase north into Georgia this evening while severe potential decreases elsewhere in Florida. Nestor will be north of the Waycross, Georgia, area Saturday evening.
Tropical storm warnings issued for Gulf Coast states
Marianna Massey/Getty Images(CNN) - The first bands of Tropical Storm Nestor are beginning to affect the Gulf Coast, the National Hurricane Center said Friday afternoon. The system gained tropical storm status and had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. Surges of 1 to 3 feet were possible in Tampa Bay, the hurricane center said. "Persons located within these (storm surge warning) areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions." Winds and rainTropical-storm-force winds of 39 mph and higher are expected Friday in the tropical storm warning areas.
Panhandle could face storm surge, heavy rain
"The potential tropical system in the Gulf is expected to bring dangerous storm surge along Florida's entire gulf coast," the state division tweeted Thursday. "Please prepare for heavy rainfall, gusty winds, isolated tornadoes and coastal flooding." The potential tropical system in the Gulf is expected to bring dangerous storm surge along portions of Florida's Gulf Coast. Please prepare for heavy rainfall, gusty winds, isolated tornadoes and coastal flooding. FL Division of Emergency Management (@FLSERT) October 17, 2019The tweet came as the National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning from the border of Mississippi and Alabama to the Ochlockonee River in Florida and a tropical storm watch from the Ochlockonee River to Yankeetown.
Tropical storm warnings issued for Gulf Coast states
CNN image(CNN) - A disorganized area of storms in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to develop into a tropical or subtropical storm Thursday as it heads toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, the National Hurricane Center said. The system is expected to continue to intensify, and tropical storm watches and warnings and storm surge watches have been issued for parts of the Gulf Coast, from Louisiana into Florida. The storms will also bring heavy rain and possible flooding tomorrow and through the weekend from the Gulf Coast into the Southeast. The system is expected to begin moving northeast toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, with a potential landfall along the north-central Gulf region Saturday. Regardless of tropical formation, the system could bring heavy rainfall and high winds to Gulf Coast states.
Prime time for storms
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Showers & storms are flaring up around the St. Johns River and Highway 301. Wednesday: Patchy fog under partly cloudy skies will start your day with temperatures in the 70s inland, 70s to low 80s along our beaches. Highs in the low 90s inland, upper 80s to low 90s along the sandy shores. Looking ahead: Near seasonal temperatures with late day showers and storms. Looking ahead: Near seasonal temperatures with late day showers and storms.