‘First time I’ve ever lost everything.’ Florida Gulf coast residents in shock at historic devastation left in Hurricane Ian’s wake
One by one, armed with handfuls of belongings or cellphones and cameras, residents of cities along Florida’s Gulf coast returned to their homes on Thursday to survey the damage. Some of the first signs of the historic destruction left by Hurricane Ian were evident on Interstate-75 near Golden Gate, about 40 miles south of Fort Myers Thursday morning as at least 50 Florida Fish and Wildlife ...news.yahoo.com
Causeway to Sanibel Island severed as Florida wakes up to Ian’s trail of destruction
As Ian continued its destructive trek across Florida, over a million households across the state awoke on Thursday without electricity as residents and emergency crews along the Gulf Coast began to assess the toppled buildings, flooded streets and crippled infrastructure.news.yahoo.com
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.
Tick activity is growing in Illinois as multiple species converge on the state: ‘Every year is a bad tick year’
There are about 850 tick species globally, but the ticks to keep an eye out for in Illinois include the blacklegged tick (or deer tick), the American dog tick, the lone star tick and the Gulf Coast tick — a more recent arrival.chicagotribune.com
Stuck in Florida wetlands, woman is rescued by helicopter
Authorities say they were able to rescue a woman by helicopter after she was stuck in the vast marshland of a Florida state park. Various agencies were deployed to the 11,000-acre (4,450-hectare) Estero Bay Preserve State Park on the Gulf Coast south of Fort Myers. The Iona McGregor Fire District says the woman was out hiking with her husband Friday, but the man had gotten tired and had decided to return while she kept going and got lost.news.yahoo.com
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
Congress returns amid looming fiscal showdowns that risk U.S. shutdown, default
Lawmakers must prevent a shutdown, authorize new aid to help those affected by two deadly hurricanes and raise a statutory limit that allows Washington to rack up debts to pay its bills, all the while advancing Biden's $4 trillion agenda.washingtonpost.com
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.