Wind shear fades over the Main Development Region of the tropics - A bad omen?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Wind shear is quantified as the variation of wind speed and direction from lower altitude winds and higher altitude winds. In the tropics, wind shear greater than 30 mph typically weakens (and it can be sudden and dramatic) tropical systems. On these pictures, the yellow areas represent wind shear (winds greater than 30 mph), the red areas represent winds greater than 45 mph. On the other hand, areas of no yellow-orange-red are regions of light wind shear (bad news as storms can develop quickly). Right now, there is a lot of wind shear over the tropics
Weekend weather changes from sun to storms to rainbows and spectacular sunsets
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Isaias is a distant memory as our local weather has been super stormy each and every afternoon since Isaias moved into the Northeast. Meanwhile, after passing about 100 miles east of Jacksonville, Isaias left barely a trace, literally, nothing here in Jacksonville. The more tropical storms and hurricanes develop, often times we dry out (as long as they dont come here). Expect a few severe storms, mainly for those who live either side of the St. Johns River and or I-95. Sunset will be 8:15 p.m., make sure to give a look out to the east for a rainbow, or double and for a spectacular sunset too!
Isaias regains hurricane force just offshore of South Carolina
The Hurricane Center said it expected the storm to make landfall early Tuesday near southern North Carolina. Still, on this part of the South Carolina and North Carolina coasts that has been affected to varying degrees by seven tropical storms or hurricanes since 2014, residents weren't panicking. Up the coast in southern North Carolina, high winds from Isaias’ inner core knocked down trees and power lines, blocking roads. Wayne Stanley and his family came to the city over the weekend from Julian, North Carolina. Farther up the coast into North Carolina, the hurricane center predicted storm surges of 3 to 5 feet (0.9 to 1.5 meters) when Isaias moves onshore.
Isaias passes offshore of US, coastal showers push onshore
Tropical Storm Isaias churns past us today, well offshore from our coastline, making for minimal impacts on our area. Expect coastal clouds and few rounds of coastal showers, resulting in around an inch of rain. The brief downpours persist through the afternoon hours. There is a chance that after Isaias has passed by, during the evening hours we will see a few late in the evening or night storms develop. Expect widespread afternoon showers and thunderstorms to fire up and push across our area, lingering into the evening hours along the coastline.
Tropical Storm Isaias’ worst weather stays away from Jacksonville
As of 11 a.m., Tropical Storm Isaiah was about 90 miles east-southeast of Brunswick, moving north at 13 mph with 70 mph winds. Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for numerous coastal counties in the area, including Camden, Duval, Flagler, Glynn, Nassau and St. Johns, although the tropical storm warning remains in effect for St. Johns and Flagler counties, the storm surge watch has been discontinued. A tropical storm warning still covers most of the east coast of Florida and Georgia’s east coast, and up to 3″ inch of coastal rain is possible. The Hurricane Warning along the east-central coast of Florida has been replaced with a Tropical Storm Warning. Unlike the hurricanes we have seen, Tropical Storm Isaias will bring in bands of rains followed by sunshine and then more bands of rains through noon Monday.
How will Isaias impact Jacksonville area?
Plus, Tropical Storm Isaias taking a track well to the east of Jacksonville, our impacts will remain minimal. Yet, Isaias will impact our Southern coastal counties and along the St. Johns River in Clay and Putnam counties the most. The nearest approach will be about 100 miles off area beaches and will be there around 8-10 am. If there is to be some impact, it will be between 6 a.m. until noon. Maximum beach winds from Jacksonville beach northward will remain just barely at tropical storm force -- 40 mph.
Beachgoers warned of dangerous conditions as Isaias passes Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – Jacksonville Beach saw wind and strong surf as Tropical Storm Isaias moved past on Monday. Despite the high risk of rip currents, choppy water and high surf, people still came out to Jacksonville Beach. All weekend and into Monday, red flags flew Jacksonville’s beaches, warning swimmers of high surf and dangerous rip currents. Outside of dangerous water conditions, Jacksonville Beach remained relatively calm as Tropical Storm Isaias made its way up Florida’s east coast. Jacksonville Beach had electrical crews are on standby in case of power outages.
Isaias path spares low-lying St. Augustine neighborhoods from major flooding
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. In low-lying areas in St. Johns County, the track of Tropical Storm Isaias couldnt have gone any better. But this has St. Johns County residents, who are already well accustomed to severe weather, preparing in case more storms pop up in the Atlantic this hurricane season. Hurricane Dorian in 2019 grazed St. Augustine but didnt leave nearly the amount of flooding damage as Matthew and Irma did. High winds at St. Augustine Beach made for a choppy surf and double flags warned people to stay out of the water, as swimming is prohibited at St. Johns County beaches until Tuesday at dawn. But families still visited St. Augustine Beach and its pier on Monday.
JEA ready to respond to possible outages
Currently, all areas of JEA are prepared to respond to utility service outages should they occur, no matter how the storm’s forecast track may change. JEA anticipates that portions of its service area, especially coastal communities, may experience scattered outages. Text “REG” to MyJEA (69532) to register for the service using the mobile phone number associated with the JEA account. JEA crews will continue to employ COVID-19 safety measures while working in the field, including wearing masks, social distancing and limiting numbers of workers in spaces. Customers may experience slightly longer-than-normal restoration times as JEA crews apply this extra layer of safety to their work.
Clay County plans for impacts from Isaias
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – Clay County Emergency Management is preparing for residents to potentially experience tropical storm gusts and slightly elevated water levels, specifically along the St. Johns River and Doctors Lake areas, early Monday morning due to Isaias. Currently, Clay County is under a tropical storm warning. “We will continue to monitor the track of this system and adjust plans accordingly,” said Emergency Management Director John Ward. Clay County Emergency Management encourages residents to continue to monitor this storm and its path. For updates, go to alert.claycountygov.com or follow Clay County, FL Emergency Management on Facebook.
Duval County student activities, school meal service canceled Monday due to Isaias
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Duval County Public Schools has canceled all student activities and school meal service Monday because of Tropical Storm Isaias. Due to possible severe weather forecasted for Duval County on Monday morning, all student activities are cancelled for Monday. pic.twitter.com/bZ44qzMo92 — DCPS (@DuvalSchools) August 2, 2020DCPS also announced it has canceled school meal service Monday because “possible severe weather is expected during the time food service staff would be out preparing meals.”UPDATE - School meal service also canceled as a precaution due to possible severe weather. Please continue to check https://t.co/tZiqyRR0sO under "Team Duval News" for updates. — DCPS (@DuvalSchools) August 2, 2020DCPS said any updates will be shared under the “Team Duval News” section at www.duvalschools.org.
Aircraft depart NAS Jacksonville ahead of Isaias
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Naval Air Station Jacksonville is preparing for possible severe weather from Tropical Storm Isaias. The aircrew and maintenance sailors assigned to the P-8A Poseidon and P-3C Orion squadrons worked through the night and into the morning to evacuate the aircraft to predetermined locations ahead of Isaias, NAS Jacksonville said Sunday. Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic authorized the evacuation of 31 P-8A Poseidon aircraft and five P-3C Orion aircraft from NAS Jacksonville, with remaining aircraft assigned to Commander, Patrol & Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11 and Patrol Squadron 30 to remain safely in their squadron hangars. Squadrons assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic will remain in hangars aboard Naval Station Mayport and NAS Jacksonville. The aircrew and maintenance Sailors assigned to our P-8A Poseidon and P-3C Orion squadrons worked through the night and... Posted by NAS Jacksonville on Sunday, August 2, 2020NAS Jacksonville preparingThe NAS Jacksonville commanding officer is minimizing command operations and the footprint on base Monday to minimum personnel only.
Saturday will be stifling hot with a pre-Isaias southeast breeze at the beach
We will spend the afternoon in the mid 90s, topping out at 96°, feeling more like 100°. Highs Sunday will still be hot inland, in the 90s, but beaches will have highs in the 80s as winds build to between 15-25 mph. Winds Monday will become northwesterly, allowing for hot, offshore winds. Skies clear and daytime highs will “pop” into the mid 90s and feel-like highs into the low 100s. Tuesday through the end of the week looks hot, topping out in the mid 90s with good chances to see afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
DeSantis to Floridians: Dont be fooled by Isaias
Ron DeSantis cautioned Floridians to remain on guard after Isaias was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Saturday afternoon. Dont be fooled by the downgrade, DeSantis told reporters during a Saturday afternoon press conference at the state Emergency Operations Center. A hurricane warning was in place from Boca Raton in Palm Beach County to the Volusia-Flagler county line. The county is under a hurricane warning, a tropical storm warning, a coastal flood advisory and a high surface-wind advisory. Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner acknowledged the difficulty of facing the threat from Isaias at the same time as coping with the pandemic.
Isaias is no Irma or Matthew or Michael - thankfully
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Isaias has weakened considerably and is probably no longer a hurricane, but as a comparison to what the State of Florida has seen, Michael (Cat 5, Mexico Beach, 2018), Irma (Cat 4, Entire State, 2017) and Matthew (Cat 3, East Coast, 2016) Isaias has always been more bark than reality. Hopefully this will continue. Still anticipated to remain on the expected track, Isaias may slow down and drift a little left of the current National Hurricane Center track, that is just east of the State. That track was based on maintaining hurricane status. Even as a strong tropical storm, the entire East Coast of the State of Florida need to alert to regeneration of heavy flooding rains, especially right along the coast.
Mayors of Jacksonville’s beaches urge visitors to use caution as Isaias nears
If it does we will respond and notify everybody as soon as possible,” Jacksonville Beach Mayor Charlie Latham said. “Just the regular stuff, you know, getting your groceries in making sure everything is picked up,” said Jacksonville resident Lashell Hartney. Typical Friday nightlife in Jacksonville BeachPeople were still out and about at restaurants Friday night in Jacksonville Beach, none of whom spoke to News4Jax felt threatened by Mother Nature. “It’s going to be here and gone in one day,” said R.J. Berger, a Jacksonville Beach resident. “I don’t think there is really much to worry about.”“If people pray, the storm will go a different way,” said Tatyana Bankratova, another Jax Beach resident.
Watch live beach cameras as Isaias continues to trek toward Florida
Isaias continues to have Florida in its sights after it battered Puerto Rico with high winds and heavy rains Thursday. Will it barely graze the East Coast, or could it reroute and head straight up the middle of the state? We’re keeping an eye out on all the coasts for what this storm could mean for Florida -- and the rest of the U.S. Here are some live webcams you can watch as the storm heads north. South FloridaWatch live below: Fort Meyers BeachWatch live below: Dania Beach Pier and beachWatch live: Sunny Isles webcamWatch live: Palm BeachWatch live: Naples PierCentral FloridaWatch live below: NaplesWatch live below: Cocoa Beach PierWatch live: Flagler BeachWatch live below: Deerfield BeachWatch live: Daytona BeachWatch live below: St. PetersburgNorth FloridaWatch live below: Fort Walton BeachWatch live: Jacksonville BeachWatch live below: St. Augustine BeachWatch live: Ponte Vedra Beach
St. Johns County Emergency Management keeping a close eye on flood-prone areas
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – Leaders in St. Johns County are keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Isaias and what the potential rainmaker will mean for flood-prone areas. News4Jax was told the biggest difference in St. Johns County Emergency Management operations ahead of the storm is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. St. Johns County Emergency Management Interim Director Joe Giammanco said, when it comes to flooding, they are in a slightly better position ahead of the storm because of current weather conditions. Similar actions are being taken at the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center, with social distancing and limiting staff when possible. Emergency Management hopes, within the next 24 hours, it will have a better picture of what’s going on and what resources will have to be deployed.
Florida governor warns storm’s path uncertain
Ron DeSantis on Thursday advised Floridians against letting down their collective guard as the forecast “cone” shifted to the east overnight for Tropical Storm Isaias. “If you read the morning’s advisory from the National Hurricane Center, basically it said, ‘Look, we’re going to need a little bit more time before we really get that track,’” DeSantis said during an appearance at Space Florida headquarters in Merritt Island. But it acknowledged the growing storm system was sending some mixed signals. “We should have a better idea of how strong Isaias will become near the U.S. after reconnaissance aircraft sample the storm and after it passes Hispaniola later today.”Isaias formed south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday. The hurricane center’s advisory forecast the system’s path running along Florida’s East Coast on Saturday and Sunday.
Tropical Storm Isaias forms south of Puerto Rico
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The system weve been watching in the tropics for days has finally reached Tropical Storm strength and was declared Isaias by the NHC on Thursday evening. At 11 p.m., the disturbance was located about 155 miles south on Ponce Puerto Rico with 50 mph winds and a minimum pressure of 1005 MB. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within within 36 hours. Land interaction with Puerto Rico and Hispaniola could also disrupt the organization. Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry on Tuesday said the city is prepared to cope with both tropical conditions and the pandemic.