Arrest report: Computer tech alerts St. Johns deputies to child porn on customer’s laptop
A St. Johns County man is facing felony charges of obscene material possession after it was discovered that a laptop brought into a computer repair shop contained images of child porn, according to an arrest report from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
Umbrella afternoon as a cold front swings through Jacksonville
Forecast models continue to be really aggressive, wanting to bring heavy rains to our forecast. The reality though? Somewhat disappointing. Thursday, we saw a brief heavy downpour along I-95 in Duval and St. Johns counties and that was it. Rather disappointing.
Northeast winds for Labor Day Weekend
Ida really unloaded on the Northeast United States Wednesday night, some of the heaviest rainfall totals throughout Ida’s entire inland track took place between Philadelphia and Boston. Dozens died in flash flooding. A few locations saw as much as 10″ of rain, in a matter of hours. This illustrates the amazing deep layer of tropical moisture that surrounded Ida and allowed for the 3rd fastest rapid intensification over the past 50 years.
Dog days of August shift into tropics watching
Short term, tonight through Friday evening will be some of our quietest weather days we have seen all summer. As we saw earlier Thursday, a few isolated pop-up thundershowers along the sea-breeze in St. Johns and Duval counties developed around 4 p.m. and they quickly faded. That was basically it for rainfall.
Showers, storms will hitch a ride on the sea breeze
Isolated showers and storms are on the move. These will form near and along the St. Johns and continue to travel inland. Scattered showers and storms will then develop near and along I-75. The lingering drier airmass across SE GA will result in less coverage of showers this afternoon/evening.
Strangely, the drier days of the next two days will be today and tomorrow
Wednesday afternoon was rolling along with hazy sunny skies and very warm temperatures. Seemingly, a quiet finish to this summer day. Boom! Not-so-fast! Storms rapidly developed later in the evening hours, two bands, the bigger band, Clay and St. Johns counties. The quieter but unrelenting band started near and west of Brunswick Georgia. Over the course of six hours, it kept percolating southward, reaching the Jacksonville area just before midnight.
Make it a FOUR-peat of near record heat
Sunrise temperatures will be in the upper 50s inland, around 60° downtown and the Southside with area beaches starting off in the low 60s. Sunrise is at 7:24 a.m. and due to some high clouds, it could be fairly spectacular. During the typical heat of the day, mid-afternoon, say around 3 p.m. our temperatures will peak in the upper 80s along and west of I-95, to the mid-70s at area beaches. the cool sea breeze at area beaches will start to push onshore (westward) causing temperatures to cool back into the 60s. AdTomorrow evening will be beautiful, really pleasant as evening temperatures cool back into the 70s.
Winn-Dixie offering vaccinations at a dozen more Northeast Florida stores
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Southeastern Grocers is offering 5,900 Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations at more Winn-Dixie and Harveys supermarkets in Florida, including six more in Jacksonville, two additional stories in Clay and St. Johns counties and one each in Columbia, Putnam and Flagler counties. Because these pharmacies operate under federal guidelines, they are also vaccinating school personnel of any age. The additional stores taking appointments:Harveys - 5909 University Blvd. W., JacksonvilleWinn-Dixie - 1209 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune BeachWinn-Dixie Store - 7921 Normandy Blvd., JacksonvilleWinn-Dixie Store - 8560 Argyle Forest Blvd., JacksonvilleWinn-Dixie Store - 1520 W. University Blvd., JacksonvilleWinn-Dixie Store - 703 Chaffee Rd., JacksonvilleWinn-Dixie Store - Ponte Vedra BeachWinn-Dixie Store - 3551 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. AugustineWinn-Dixie - 1339 Blanding Blvd., Orange ParkWinn-Dixie - 3260 Hwy. 17, Green Cove SpringsWinn-Dixie Store - 580 S. Marion Ave., Lake CityWinn-Dixie Store - 1115 N. Summit St., Crescent CityWinn-Dixie Store - 1260 W. Palm Coast Pkwy., Palm CoastFor appointments at these or the existing locations that were offering vaccinations, visit winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine or harveyssupermarkets.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine.
No soccer double for St. Johns Country Day as boys fall in final
A St. Johns Country Day double wasn’t meant to be this year. While the Spartans had success in the now-defunct fall soccer series, they hadn’t been this far in the FHSAA’s winter playoff format. All of St. Johns’ soccer success lies on the girls side. Canterbury (21-3-1) used a pair of goals from Riley Johnson and Sam Schoensee to beat St. Johns. St. Johns’ season ends at 16-3-1.
Got an overdue traffic ticket? Operation Green Light can help
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Starting Monday, anyone in Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties who has an overdue traffic ticket or criminal fee can save some money if they pay it off this week. As part of Operation Green Light, you could save 30% if your past due ticket or criminal fee has been sent to a collection agency. Brian Corrigan, director of communications for the Duval County Clerk of Courts, explained how Operation Green Light works, using an overdue speeding ticket as an example. “You have 30 days from the date that the citation was issued to pay off that citation. AdThe Operation Green Light events in St. Johns County and Nassau counties also run until 5 p.m. Friday.
Florida expands vaccine program, daily reported cases continue below holiday peaks
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida’s Department of Health confirmed 6,640 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and reported an additional 140 resident deaths attributed to the virus. That brings the state to 1,892,301 cases since the outbreak reached Florida last March and 31,018 deaths, according to FDOH data. Florida and Duval County coronavirus cases since June 1There have been at least 78,744 resident hospitalizations attributed to the virus in the state. Florida last week reported its first confirmed case of the P.1 COVID-19 variant that was first detected in Brazil, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state has now verified 489 cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant that emerged from the United Kingdom -- by far the highest number for any state in the country.
Rain finally fades, cold temperatures tonight
The cold front behind the messy weather moves through overnight, clearing our skies out and chilling us down into the upper 30s. Saturday starts out cold and will be sunny and chilly all day, temperatures will climb up to around 60°. Saturday night turns cold again as temperatures dive down into the upper 30s and low 40s. Sunday starts of cold , but makes it into the cool low 60s for the afternoon hours under partly cloudy skies. Monday there will be an isolated shower or two, but otherwise partly sunny skies and mild temperatures, making it up to around 70° during the afternoon.
Woman killed in crash involving semi on I-95 in St. Johns County
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A 63-year-old Georgia woman died Tuesday in a crash on I-95 just south of State Road 16, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers said the woman was traveling southbound on the interstate when her SUV was struck from behind by a semitruck. The woman was taken to a hospital in St. Augustine, where she died, the FHP said. The driver of the semi, a 46-year-old Jacksonville man, was hospitalized with injuries that were described as minor. The Highway Patrol is working to track down witnesses of the crash.
Tornado watches expire for NE Fla., SE Ga.
The tornado watch remains in effect for the following counties through 10 p.m.:Northeast Florida:Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Columbia County through 4:45 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Columbia, Gilchrist, Suwannee counties through 4:15 p.m.🌪 Tornado warning issued for supercell moving into Suwannee county. UPDATE 2:37 p.m.: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Putnam County through 3:15 p.m. Here's a closer look at the area affect by the Tornado Warning just issued for Putnam county.
Showers fade Sunday night
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A round of showers and storms that moved across our area prompted a Weather Authority Alert Day on Sunday. People in that area saw hours of rain, with amounts up to an inch. Clay, Putnam and St. Johns counties were under a tornado warning for parts of Sunday afternoon as showers and stormes pushed through. There were some reports of downed trees near State Road 13A and some flooding on County Road 65. AdThe Weather Authority Alert Day ended shortly before 6 p.m., and showers will fade Sunday night.
Round 2 of today’s rain won’t pack the same punch, milder mid week ahead
Wednesday’s rain chances represent a situation that could be confusing, it’s a numerically low chance- 30%, but only because the showers tomorrow will be confined to a certain area, not because we won’t see showers. Not all of our counties have a chance for showers, but the counties in Southeastern Georgia can expect passing showers throughout the day. Expect cloudy skies and mild temperatures climbing into the low 70s. Thursday will be the best day this week, expect partly sunny skies and mild temperatures topping out around 77 degrees. There is only an isolated chance for a stray shower.
Damp cloudy morning makes way for afternoon sunshine
After a damp and foggy start we are starting to see some sunshine peek through the clouds. Afternoon highs will climb into the mid 60s across SE GA and mid to upper 60s even low 70s across portions of NE FL. If you’re planning on firing up the grill for Super Bowl Sunday you can expect some sunshine with seasonal comfortable conditions. Overnight lows will drop into the seasonal upper 40s with clear skies. The next round of potentially disruptive weather starts next Friday and spills over into the weekend.
Weather Authority Alert: Strong to severe storms track East tonight
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As the Weather Authority Alert continues Saturday, the National Weather continues to watch to severe storms track east northeast across Northeast Florida. A Tornado Watch is in effect for Union, Putnam, St. Johns and Flagler counties until midnight. For the differences between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning, see the graphic below. Difference between a Tornado Watch and Tornado WarningThe Weather Authority Alert, which runs from 4-9 p.m., was triggered by heavy, disruptive rain and the potential for isolated severe thunderstorms. Those south of the I-10 corridor have an increased chance to see a strong to severe thunderstorm.
Florida adds another 10,533 COVID-19 cases
(AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health on Tuesday reported 10,533 new cases of the coronavirus. Since March, 1,737,640 people in Florida have tested positive for COVID-19 and 27,269 deaths have been connected to the virus. Duval County has recorded 82,738 total cases during that time, including 522 cases that were reported Tuesday. AdThe statewide positivity rate based on Monday’s testing was 8.36%, the health department said Tuesday. Health department data released Tuesday showed that 1,747,761 people in Florida have received at least one shot of two COVID-19 vaccines approved by the federal government.
More retailers plan to help with COVID-19 vaccine rollout
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Within about 2 ½ hours Friday, all Publix COVID-19 vaccine appointments were booked up, including at locations in St. Johns and Flagler counties. The Publix vaccine appointments are for health care workers, people age 65 and up and long-term residents and staff. As the demand for the COVID-19 vaccine continues, more retailers are expected to help with the distribution. According to its website, Winn-Dixie plans to offer the vaccine to people, health care workers and long-term residents first. COUNTY-BY-COUNTY: COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Northeast FloridaWalmart said it’s prepared to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at its more than 5,000 stores and Sam’s Club pharmacies nationwide when it’s asked to do so.
New COVID-19 vaccine appointments at select Publix pharmacies in Flagler, St. Johns quickly booked
New appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at the select Publix locations available in St. Johns and Flagler counties have been fully booked. It took less than an hour for all the Thursday slots to be reserved and about 2.5 hours for the Saturday-Wednesday openings. The appointments were made available after the state provided an additional 70,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to select Publix pharmacies in the state, including Flagler and St. Johns counties. Publix said to check back for an appointment using the online reservation system on Wednesday January 27. Publix said in a news release that the number of pharmacy locations administering the vaccinations is increasing from 105 to 242.
Find a nice warm place tonight as a chilly evening is upon us.
Find a nice warm place tonight as a chilly evening is upon us. The cloudy skies today stay overnight so it won’t be as cold compared to what’s ahead Saturday night. This evening will stay breezy with lows in the mid 30s over SE Georgia and inland north Florida to the lower 40s near the coast in St. Johns and Duval counties. A freeze watch is in effect for Sunday morning covering parts of inland northeast and north central Florida. Saturday night gets colder under mostly clear skies, light sending temps into the 30s with widespread frost inland and patchy frost possible near the coast.
What we know about St. Johns County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan
Scores of cars in line to get COVID-19 vaccines at the St. Johns County Health Department early Thursday afternoon. Members of St. Johns County Fire Rescue also started receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday. St. Johns County and the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County are working together on the first phase of vaccine distribution to the public. In the future, to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment with the state Department of Health in St. Johns County, visit stjohns.floridahealth.gov. Visit the St. Johns County COVID-19 vaccinations webpage at www.sjcfl.us/coronavirusvaccinations or text SJCVACCINE to 888777 to receive updates.
Hard freeze tonight, cold again tomorrow
After the coldest Christmas Day we’ve had in 16 years, we are in for a widespread Hard Freeze for most areas, only St Johns County and Coastal Duval counties are not under a Hard Freeze Warning, just a normal Freeze Warning. The difference is mainly how cold the area will be for how long, and areas under a Hard Freeze Warning tonight may need to protect exposed pipes. We expect the areas under a Hard Freeze Warning to see overnight lows between 23-29° and need to drip or wrap exposed pipes in addition to protecting your pets and plants. ALL areas need to be concerned with heating your home safely, we often see a rash of house fires, mainly due to space heaters, on night like tonight. Saturday night we are in for a lighter freeze with temperatures getting down into the upper 20s and low 30s.
State signs off on Duval, Clay school districts’ plans for spring reopening
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Education has signed off on the Duval County and Clay County school districts’ plans for spring reopening. Under the state’s COVID-19 emergency order, school districts have to continue offering in-person classes five days a week. The reopening plans allow the districts in Duval and Clay counties to continue receiving state COVID-19 relief funds. School districts in Nassau, St. Johns and Bradford counties have not had their plans approved yet. Click here for the list of approved plans.
Another front makes one day better than the other this weekend
Coastal areas will experience more clouds as the day progresses with a few spotty showers around between Flagler and St. Johns counties. Sunday low pressure moves through Florida spreading showers in the afternoon and evening, with this feature crossing our waters during the overnight hours. Temperatures in the morning start in the upper 40s to near 50 before reaching the mid to upper 60s. After a cold front passes overnight, winds will shift northwesterly in the wake of this storm system dropping highs down into the mid 50s Monday and we dry out. This strong front brings a weekend of freezing temperatures and quite possible the coldest Christmas afternoon since 2004.
Florida surpasses 20,000 deaths since start of pandemic
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health on Saturday reported another 72 COVID-19 related deaths, pushing the death toll past 20,000 since the start of the pandemic. Of the deaths reported Saturday, there were five reported in Northeast Florida including two in Duval County and one each in St. Johns, Clay and Columbia counties. That includes 239 patients in Duval County hospitals and 55 people in Clay County hospitals. The statewide positivity rate based on Thursday’s testing was 7.91%, the health department said Saturday. The positivity rate, a key factor in determining the community spread of the virus, hasn’t dipped below 6.22% in weeks.
Florida reports over 10,000 coronavirus cases for 2nd straight day
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida confirmed 10,177 more COVID-19 cases Friday, marking two consecutive days over 10,000 for the first time since the third week of July. The state is now up to 1,039,207 total cases of COVID-19 and 19,236 resident deaths, according to the Department of Health. Duval County added 537 cases and St. Johns had 122. Florida and Duval County daily cases reported since June 1There have been at least 56,095 hospitalizations attributed to the novel coronavirus since coronavirus reached Florida. No Northeast Florida county was over 10% positivity for the first time this week, although most were above the state average.
Jacksonville Light Boat Parade floats on desite pandemic
A Jacksonville tradition was welcomed back on Saturday night. The annual Jacksonville Light Boat Parade floated by spectators on the banks of the St. Johns River downtown, bringing boaters and a lot of fireworks in the sky. Angie and Anthony Armstrong just moved to Jacksonville in the past few months from Indiana and heard about the boat parade. “It’s like people are happy down here.”After the parade, the festivities got even brighter as fireworks could be heard from St. Nicholas to the Northside. The Light Boat Parade has been going on for more than 30 years.