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    In an effort to fight drunk driving, Budweiser is teaming up with ride-sharing company Lyft to offer 150,000 free rides in nine states, including Florida, beginning today. Budweiser will release special promo codes each weekend on its Facebook page. It’s part of the “Give A Damn” campaign - 10,000 rides will be offered each weekend through Dec. 31. Promo codes will be released at 2 p.m.
  • While utility crews are working hard to get power back on in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, two men have been caught apparently stealing a light pole. In a photo given to News 104.5 WOKV, two shirtless men appear to be in police custody while a utility pole rests on top of an SUV. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has now confirmed the two men were trying to steal the pole. The incident report obtained by WOKV shows the two men- 46-year-old Victor Apeler and 42-year-old Blake Waller- were spotted taking a JEA light pole. The responding officer saw the spot on the Wonderwood Bridge where the pole was missing, and soon after saw  a vehicle driving east with a large utility pole on the roof. Apeler- who was driving- said he was moving the pole because it was laying  on the ground close to travel lanes, according to the incident report. Police say he couldn’t answer why he didn’t just move the pole to the side or notify police or JEA. A witness told  police both of the men were  involved in loading the pole on to the SUV. The pole is valued around $2,500. JSO says Apeler has made 73 pawn transactions since the start of this year, and 72 of those were related to scrap metal. JSO further says Waller is currently out on bond on drug charges. Both men have been arrested for grand theft.
  • Six tornadoes touched down while Hurricane Irma moved through Northeast Florida from Sunday afternoon and into the overnight hours Monday, according to the National Weather Service.  Three of the tornadoes came from St. Johns County, while two were confirmed in Nassau County and another was in Flagler County. St. Johns County An EF-2 tornado, with wind speed between 110 and 130 mph ran 1 mile from Crescent Beach to Highway 1 around 1:15 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11. The National Weather Service report notes significant structural damage at vacation home rentals and tree damage along A1A. An EF-1 tornado with wind speeds between 85 and 100 mph was tracked westward from Vilano Beach to south of St. Augustine Airport around 7:50 p.m. Sunday night. The path of the tornado reached 4 miles in length, and spanned 200 yards.  An EF-1 tornado with peak wind speeds between 85 and 100 mph ran 1 mile from Huguenot Cemetery in St. Augustine west to Hwy 1 around 1:40 p.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service report notes significant tree damage around Huguenot Cemetery.  Nassau County The first track of an EF-0 tornado in Amelia Island, based on radar, ran from Ft. Clinch westward to Highway 17, with estimated wind speeds between 85-100 mph. No damage was reported.  A clear second tornado track was found north CR-200. Both tornadoes are believed to have occurred around 2:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11. No damage was reported.  Flagler County An EF-0 tornado, with an estimated maximum wind speed between 85 and 100 mph, was confirmed south of Marineland moving westward to I-95 around 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10. The National Weather Service report notes some debris, but no structural damage. A waterspout was also recorded around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 in Crescent Beach, though the National Weather Service was unable to confirm if the circulation reached land. 
  • Post-storm shelters now open: DUVAL THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED--- The Legends Center, 5054 Soutel Drive, remains open as a general population shelter. This is no longer serving as a special needs shelter. Southside Baptist Church, 1936 Hendricks Avenue, is open as a general population shelter. NASSAU  THESE SHELTERS ARE NOW CLOSED In Nassau County, there is a shelter at The Journey Church at 95707 Amelia Concourse, Fernandina Beach. The facility has special needs capabilities and is pet friendly. Because of flooding concerns, a second shelter has also opened at the First Baptist Church in Hilliard. ST. JOHNS  THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED Solomon Calhoun Community Center at 1300 Duval Street in St. Augustine. BAKER THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED The Family Service Center by Keller Intermediate School, 420 8th Street in Macclenny, remains open as a general population shelter. CLAY Clay County has opened a post-storm shelter at First Baptist Church Middleburg, 2645 Blanding Blvd. PREVIOUS: Here is a full rundown of the shelters available to evacuees in Northeast Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma’s arrival.  DUVAL THESE SHELTERS ARE NOW CLOSED, with the exception of the Legends Center General Population Shelters that are PET FRIENDLY:  Landmark Middle School 101 Kernan Blvd N (32225) Chimney Lakes Elementary 9353 Staples Mill Drive (32244)  Mandarin Middle School 5100 Hood Road (32257)  THIS SHELTER IS AT CAPACITY-- Legends Center 5130 Soutel Drive (32208) --This is a dual population shelter General Population Shelters with NO PETS:  Twin Lakes Elementary 8000 Point Meadows Drive (32256)  Oceanway Elementary 1255 Gillespie Ave (32218)  Abess Park Elementary 12731 Abess Blvd (32225)  Andrew Robinson 101 W. 12th Street (32206)  Arlington Middle School 8141 Lone Star Road (32211)  Special Needs Shelters that are PET FRIENDLY:  Legends Center 5130 Soutel Drive (32208) --This is a dual population shelter Atlantic Coast High School 9735 R.G. Skinner Pkwy (32256)  Special Needs Shelters with NO PETS:  Oceanway Middle 143 Oceanway Ave (32218)  Enterprise Elementary 8085 Old Middleburg Rd (32222)  ST. JOHNS (Open Saturday 6 a.m.) THESE SHELTERS ARE NOW CLOSED -Pacetti Bay Middle School, 245 Meadowlark Ln. (Special needs)  -Timberlin Creek Elementary School, 555 Pine Tree Ln. (Pet-friendly)  -Southwoods Elementary School, 4750 SR 206. (pet friendly) THIS SHELTER IS AT CAPACITY, AS OF 1PM SATURDAY-Pedro Menendez High School, 600 SR 206 West (General population)  -Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Pkwy. (General population)   CLAY (Open Sat. 9 a.m.) THESE SHELTERS ARE NOW CLOSED -Orange Park High School (pet-friendly)  -Wilkinson Elementary  -Clay High School  -Keystone Heights High School (pet-friendly) THIS SHELTER IS AT CAPACITY-Lake Asbury Junior High School (special needs) -The Thrasher Horne Center is opening at 1PM Sunday as a special needs shelter NASSAU THESE SHELTERS ARE NOW CLOSED. Anyone who was still in the shelters has been transferred to a host shelter at Journey Church. Nassau County Emergency Management says there is an immediate need for volunteer nurses for Hilliard shelters. If you are willing to volunteer, call 904-548-0940. -Hilliard Middle School   -Hilliard Elementary School   -Bryceville Elementary School  THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED-- -Callahan Intermediate School   -Callahan Middle School BAKER THESE SHELTERS ARE NOW CLOSED The general population shelter will be at Macclenny Elementary School, located at One Wild Kitten Drive. The other shelter will be a dedicated special needs shelter. It will be at Ed Fraser Hospital, at 159 North 3 Street.
  • Trash pickup schedules are being altered because of Hurricane Irma’s potential approach to Northeast Florida.  Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Friday that all non-essential city employees will be off on Monday, pushing functions like trash pickup back an additional day. In St. Johns County, trash pickup has been canceled for Monday and Tuesday. There will also be no yard debris pickup in St. Johns County from Monday through Friday. 
  • The City of Jacksonville announced on Friday mandatory evacuations for Zone A and Zone B of Duval County. You can type in your address to find your evacuation zone in our Hurricane Guide here. Jacksonville Beach Mayor Charlie Latham is urging people to evacuate and has announced curfews and restrictions for those who make the decision to stay.  The Beaches will be closed September 9th at 10 am.  Alcohol sales will end September 8th at 6 p.m.  The overall curfew for Jacksovnille Beach will start Saturday at 10 p.m. and will go until 6 a.m. the next day and will remain in effect until further notice. 
  • Update Monday 11am: The center of Tropical Storm Irma was located near latitude 30.3 North, longitude 83.1 West. Irma is moving toward the north-northwest near 17 mph (28 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move into southwestern Georgia later today, and move into eastern Alabama Tuesday morning. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Continued slow weakening is forecast, and Irma is likely to become a tropical depression on Tuesday. Irma remains a large tropical cyclone. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 415 miles (665 km) from the center. A 60 mph (96 km/h) sustained wind and a 69 mph (111 km/h) gust was recently reported at the National Data Buoy Center C-MAN station in St. Augustine.  Update Monday 10am: Irma has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm. There are a lot of reports of flooding around Jacksonville, The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office is asking people to remain inside. As the sun comes up in Jacksonville we’re starting to see the true impact of Irma’s damage. We have set up a gallery of the photos that you are sending in (only send/take a picture if you can safely do so). See the photos here Rich Jones talked with John Ward about flooding in the Black Creek Area --- Listen here  Update Monday 6am: Power outages are growing in quantity as windy conditions and relentless rain continue to batter the First Coast.  There are a few estimates floating around, but the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is saying the number far eclipses 200,000 We spoke to Bill Orlove from Florida Power and Light to find out when his teams will begin the recovery phase: Update Monday 5am: The center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 28.9 North, longitude 82.6 West. Irma is moving toward the north-northwest near 18 mph and this motion is expected to continue through Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move near the northwestern coast of the Florida Peninsula this morning, cross the eastern Florida Panhandle into southern Georgia this afternoon, and move through southwestern Georgia and eastern Alabama tonight and Tuesday.   Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 75 mph with higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast, and Irma is expected to weaken to a tropical storm this morning and to a tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon. Irma has a very large wind field. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles mainly to the west of the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 415 miles.  As the storm makes it’s escape from Florida, we still are faced with a large flood threat across our area. We are hearing from multiple people who had harrowing experience with ponding water, including this call we recieved from Jeff in Orange Park: Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh checked in with us as well to really dig into the 5am update from the National Hurricane Center. He says the flood threat is very real, especially downtown as the tides return this afternoon: Update Monday 4am: We’ve reached the peak time for tornado warnings to roll through the area as Irma continues her approach into, and past North Florida. Since we began our wall-to-wall coverage on Sunday, we’ve reported on just over a half-dozen tornado warnings in our listening area.  One of those warnings was for a possible tornado that ripped through the Fernandina Beach area. Jeff is a resident there, and phoned in to our special coverage to tell us what he heard before a tree fell through his roof:   Update Monday 3am: We’ve just received word from Clay County officials that the North and South Prongs of Black Creek are rising much faster than originally forecasted. In fact, the South Prong just reached major flood stage. If Clay County residents along Black Creek have not taken action yet, officials are asking when conditions are safe to relocate to a higher place or a shelter.   Shelters that are currently open can be found at Clay High School, Orange Park High School, Wilkinson Elementary School, and Keystone Heights High School. For any questions about this advisory, please call 904-284-7703. Update Monday 2am: The center of Hurricane Irma was located by NOAA Doppler radar and surface observations near latitude 28.2 North, longitude 82.2 West. Irma is moving toward the north- northwest near 15 mph. A turn toward the northwest at a faster forward speed is expected during the next day or so. On the forecast track, the center of Irma will continue to move over the western Florida peninsula through this morning and then into the southeastern United States late today and Tuesday.   Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 85 mph with higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast, and Irma is expected to become a tropical storm over far northern Florida or southern Georgia later today. Irma has a very large wind field. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center, and tropical-storm- force winds extend outward up to 415 miles.  The National Ocean Service station at the Clearwater Beach Pier recently reported a wind gust of 88 mph, and wind gusts of hurricane force have been recently reported at the Orlando International and the Orlando Executive airports. We’ve also heard from a woman who rode out the storm in her home in central Florida where Irma’s eye has just finished ravaging. She took a few minutes to check in with Rich Jones and WOKV Hurricane Expert Steve Letro to recap her journey: Update Monday 1am: As Irma continues to work up the spine of the state, we’re already seeing widespread power outages across our listening area. Just over 113,000 customers are currently without power across JEA, Florida Power & Light, and Clay Electric.  Power customers aren’t the only folks who are in the dark though. If you were planning on flying in or out of the state today, those plans have been seriously hampered by this major storm: As a matter of fact, throughout the entire day on Sunday we were seeing people stranded in one way or another, including this scuba diver who attempted to ride out the storm on his boat, and ended up needing to be rescued. Update Monday 12am: Don’t let your guard down! The NOAA advisory at 12am seems to have reported a slight shift inland/eastward. The folks in Tampa fearing Irma’s most damaging winds can now breathe a slight sigh of relief but the communities in between there and Orlando are now firmly in the sights of Irma’s eyewall.  Experts expect that the storm will now live over land for the entirety of the system. This will continue to shear and weaken the the storm as it continues it’s north-northwest track at it’s current 14mph pace.   Update Sunday 11pm: The center of Hurricane Irma was located by NOAA Doppler radar near latitude 27.5 North, longitude 81.9 West. Irma is moving toward the north near 14 mph. A turn toward the north-northwest and then northwest at a faster forward speed is expected during the next day or so. On the forecast track, the center of Irma will continue to move over the western Florida peninsula through Monday morning and then into the southeastern United States late Monday and Tuesday.   Doppler radar data indicate that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 100 mph with higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast, and Irma is expected to become a tropical storm over far northern Florida or southern Georgia on Monday. Irma has a very large wind field. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center, and tropical-storm- force winds extend outward up to 415 miles. Update Sunday 8pm: The center of Hurricane Irma was located by NOAA Doppler radar near latitude 26.7 North, longitude 81.7 West. Irma is moving toward the north near 14 mph, and a north-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected by tonight, with that motion continuing through Monday.   On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should move near or over the west coast of the Florida Peninsula through Monday morning. Irma should then move inland over northern Florida and southwestern Georgia Monday afternoon.  Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 105 mph with higher gusts. Although weakening is forecast, Irma is expected to remain a hurricane at least through Monday morning.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 220 miles. Way to the north of the center of Irma in St. Johns county, officials have shut down the majority of bridges in the county. Read the list of specific bridges that are now shut down by clicking here.We grabbed WOKV hurricane expert Steve Letro to talk all things hurricanes, including the shutting down of bridges, during our Facebook Live chat. Watch that below:   Update Sunday 5pm: The center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 26.2 North, longitude 81.8 West. Irma is moving toward the north near 14 mph, and a north-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected by tonight, with that motion continuing through Monday. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should move near or over the west coast of the Florida Peninsula through Monday morning. Irma should then move inland over northern Florida and southwestern Georgia Monday afternoon.  Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph with higher gusts. Although weakening is forecast, Irma is expected to remain a hurricane at least through Monday morning. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 220 miles. A mesonet site at Naples Municipal Airport recently reported a sustained wind of 88 mph with a gust to 135 mph while in the northern eyewall of Irma.  Update Sunday 2pm: The center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 25.6 North, longitude 81.8 West. Irma is moving toward the north near 12 mph (19 km/h), and a north-northwestward motion with a further increase in forward speed is expected later today, with that motion continuing through Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Irma should move near or over the southwest and west coast of the Florida Peninsula later today through tonight. Irma should then move inland over northern Florida and southwestern Georgia Monday afternoon. Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. While weakening is forecast, Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane while it moves near or along the west coast of Florida. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 220 miles (350 km). A 62 mph (100 km/h) sustained wind and 99 mph (158 km/h) gust was recently reported at the Federal Aviation Administration station at Miami International Airport. An 81 mph (130 km/h) wind gust was recently reported at the Miami Weather Forecast Office/National Hurricane Center. Update Sunday 11am: The center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 25.0 North, longitude 81.5 West. Irma is moving toward the north near 9 mph and a north-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected later today, with that motion continuing through Monday. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should move over the Lower Florida Keys shortly, and then move near or over the west coast of the Florida Peninsula later today through tonight. Irma should then move inland over northern Florida and southwestern Georgia Monday afternoon. NOAA Satellites are capturing a lot images of this major land-falling hurricane, updating us as they get the information back at their headquarters: Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph with higher gusts. Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. While weakening is forecast, Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane while it moves near or along the west coast of Florida. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 220 miles. A 120 mph gust was recently reported at the National Key Deer Refuge in Big Pine Key. A sustained wind of 62 mph with a gust of 94 mph was reported at the Federal Aviation Administration station at Miami International Airport. That’s nothing new to the folks at MIA as they’ve been dealing with gusty winds for hours: Locally, Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says we shouldn’t expect to feel the real nasty stuff until later tonight, but we’ve still got Nor’easter conditions outside: LISTEN TO HURRICANE IRMA PODCAST EPISODES Update Sunday 8am:  The center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 24.5 North, longitude 81.5 West. Irma is moving toward the north-northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h), and an increase in forward speed is expected later today, with that motion continuing through Monday. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should move over the Lower Florida Keys shortly, and then move near or over the west coast of the Florida Peninsula later today through tonight. Irma should then move inland over northern Florida and southwestern Georgia Monday afternoon.  Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. While weakening is forecast, Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane while it moves through the Florida Keys and near the west coast of Florida.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 220 miles (350 km). A wind gust to 89 mph (143 km/h) was recently measured at the Key West National Weather Service Forecast Office. Sustained winds of 46 mph (74 km/h) with a gust to 72 mph (117 km/h) was recently reported at Tamiami Airport in West Kendall, Florida.  The estimated minimum central pressure is 929 mb (27.43 inches). Update Sunday 5am:  The center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 24.1 North, longitude 81.5 West. Irma is moving toward the northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h). A turn toward the north- northwest and an increase in forward speed are expected later today, with that motion continuing through Monday. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should move over the Lower Florida Keys in the next few hours, then move near or over the southwestern coast of the Florida Peninsula later today through tonight. Irma should then move inland over the Florida panhandle and southwestern Georgia Monday afternoon. Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. While weakening is forecast, Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane as it moves through the Florida Keys and and near the west coast of Florida. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 220 miles (350 km). The National Ocean Service station at Vaca Key Florida recently reported sustained winds of 48 mph (78 km/h) and a gust of 78 mph (126 km/h). A private anemometer at Alligator Reef Light, Florida recently reported a wind gust of 88 mph (141 km/h). The latest minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is 928 mb (27.41 inches). Update Sunday 2AM:  Hurricane Irma remains a powerful storm as it makes its way to the Florida Keys. The eye of the storm is expected to be over the keys around day break. As of the 2am update the storm is about 90 miles Southeast of Key West. The storm is back to a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds at 130 miles per hour moving Northwest at 6 mph.  Update Saturday 11pm: Life threatening storm surge expected in the Florida Keys and West Coast of Florida. Irma is moving slowly northwestward away from the north coast of Cuba near 6 mph (9 km/h). A turn toward the north-northwest with an increase in forward speed is expected through late Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Irma is expected to cross the Lower Florida Keys Sunday morning and then move near or along the west coast of Florida Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. Irma should then move inland over the Florida panhandle and southwestern Georgia Monday afternoon. Update Saturday 8pm: Irma now has maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, and there are heavy squalls with embedded tornadoes sweeping across South Florida. Radar loops indicate that Irma has temporarily slowed down, but the hurricane has been moving toward the west-northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h) since earlier today. A northwest motion is expected to begin tonight with a turn toward the north-northwest on Sunday. On the forecast track, the core of Irma will continue to move near the north coast of Cuba during the next few hours, and should be near the Florida Keys Sunday morning. The hurricane is expected to move along or near the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon. Update Saturday 5pm: The storn surge warning has been extended to include Northeast Florida. The eye of Irma is beginning to move slowly away from the coast of Xuba while weather is deteriorating in South Florida. Major hurricane force winds are expected over the Florida Keys at daybreak. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h). A northwest motion is expected to begin tonight with a turn toward the north-northwest on Sunday. On the forecast track, the core of Irma will continue to move near the north coast of Cuba during the next few hours, and will reach the Florida Keys Sunday morning. The hurricane is expected to move along or near the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon. Update Saturday 2pm: Irma’s maximum sustained winds remain at 125 mph. She is lingering over the north coast of Cuba, and major hurricane force winds are expected over the Florida Keys at daybreak. There is no change in watches and warnings from the 11am advisory. Irma is moving just north of due west along the north coast of Cuba at near 9 mph (15 km/h). A northwest motion is expected to begin later today with a turn toward the north-northwest on Sunday. On the forecast track, the core of Irma will continue to move near or over the north coast of Cuba this afternoon, and will reach the Florida Keys Sunday morning. The hurricane is expected to move along or near the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon. Update Saturday 11am:  The eye of Hurricane Irma was located by a reconnaissance plane and radar near latitude 22.8 North, longitude 79.8 West. Irma is moving toward the west along the north coast of Cuba at near 9 mph (15 km/h). A northwest motion is expected to begin later today with a turn toward the north- northwest on Sunday. On the forecast track, the core of Irma will continue to move near or over the north coast of Cuba later today, and will reach the Florida Keys Sunday morning. The hurricane is expected to move along or near the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon.  Maximum sustained winds are near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Irma is forecast to restrengthen once it moves away from Cuba, and Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane as it approaches Florida.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km). Caibarien, Cuba recently reported a wind gust to 124 mph (200 km/h).  The minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force plane was 941 mb (27.79 inches). Update Saturday 8am:  The eye of Hurricane Irma was located by a reconnaissance plane and Cuban radars near latitude 22.6 North, longitude 79.5 West. Irma is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h), along the north coast of Cuba. A northwest motion is expected to begin later today with a turn toward the north-northwest tonight or on Sunday. On the forecast track, the core of Irma will continue to move near or over the north coast of Cuba this morning, and will reach the Florida Keys Sunday morning. The hurricane is expected to be near the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon.  The interaction with the terrain of Cuba has weakened the hurricane a little. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts, but Irma remains a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Irma is forecast to restrengthen once it moves away from Cuba, and Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane as it approaches Florida.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km).  The minimum central pressure reported by a reconnaissance plane was 937 mb (27.67 inches). Update Saturday 5am:  The center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 22.5 North, longitude 78.8 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h). A turn toward the northwest is expected by late today, with a turn toward the north-northwest expected tonight or on Sunday. On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move near the north coast of Cuba today, near the Florida Keys Sunday morning, and then near the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon.  Maximum sustained winds are near 155 mph (250 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane as it approaches Florida.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km).  The estimated minimum central pressure is 930 mb (27.47 inches). Update Friday 11pm: The east coast of Florida stretching up through Fernandina Beach is now under a hurricane watch. The hurricane warning has been extended to the Volusia/Bradford County line. Irma is again a Category 5 hurricane, moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h). A turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move near the north coast of Cuba through Saturday, near the Florida Keys Sunday morning, and then near the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon. Update Friday 8pm: Irma is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h), and a turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move near the north coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas tonight and Saturday, and be near the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula Sunday morning. Update Friday 5pm: Hurricane Irma will continue to bring life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards to portions of the Bahamas and the north coast of Cuba, especially over the adjacent Cuban Keys, through Saturday. The interaction of the hurricane's circulation with Cuba will probably not result in any relevant change in intensity. In summary, the NHC forecast brings Irma near south Florida as a category 4 hurricane Update Friday 5pm: Hurricane Irma will continue to bring life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards to portions of the Bahamas and the north coast of Cuba, especially over the adjacent Cuban Keys, through Saturday. The interaction of the hurricane's circulation with Cuba will probably not result in any relevant change in intensity. In summary, the NHC forecast brings Irma near south Florida as a category 4 hurricane Update Friday 2pm: The environment continues to be favorable for Hurricane Irma to maintain its category 4 status, and only unpredictable eye-wall replacement cycles could result in intensity fluctuations during the next 48 hours. The National Hurricane Center is predicting the Irma will make landfall near south Florida remaining a category 4 hurricane.  They say the interaction with land and an increase in shear should induce gradual weakening.  Update Friday 11am: While now a Category 4 hurricane, Irma remains a powerful storm, bringing life-threatening wind, storm surge and rain to the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center is still predicting an eventual landfall in Florida. Recent data has caused the NHC to slightly shift Hurricane Irma’s track to the west. The eye of Irma is moving west-northwest at about 14 mph. Maximum sustained wind speeds remain at 150 mph.  Update Friday 8am:  The eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 21.8 North, longitude 74.7 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue for the next day or so with a decrease in forward speed. A turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should move near the north coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas today and Saturday, and be near the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula Sunday morning.  Maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph (240 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km).  The latest minimum central pressure reported by a reconnaissance plane was 927 mb (27.37 inches). Update Friday 5am:  The eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 21.7 North, longitude 73.8 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue for the next day or so with a decrease in forward speed. A turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move westward away from the Turks and Caicos Islands and toward the southeastern Bahamas this morning. The core of the hurricane will then move between the north coast of Cuba and the Bahamas during the next day or two, and be near the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula Sunday morning.  Maximum sustained winds are near 155 mph (250 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 hurricane during the next couple of days.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km).  The estimated minimum central pressure is 925 mb (27.32 inches). Update Friday 2am:  The eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 21.5 North, longitude 73.3 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue for the next day or two with a decrease in forward speed. A turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move westward away from the Turks and Caicos Islands and toward the southeastern Bahamas this morning. The core of the hurricane will then move between the north coast of Cuba and the Bahamas during the next day or two.  Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are now near 160 mph (260 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 75 miles (120 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km).  The minimum central pressure recently reported by the Hurricane Hunter aircraft is 925 mb (27.31 inches). Update Thursday 11pm: Hurricane and storm surge warnings have reached Florida. A Storm Surge Warning has been issued from Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach, as well as for the Florida Keys.  A Hurricane Warning has been issued from Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach, as well as for the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, and Florida Bay.  A Storm Surge Watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida north of Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet and for the west coast of Florida north of Bonita Beach to Venice.  A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida north of Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet and for the west coast of Florida north of Bonita Beach to Anna Maria Island. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue for the next day or two with a decrease in forward speed. A turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move westward away from the Turks and Caicos Islands and toward the southeastern Bahamas overnight. The core of the hurricane will then move between the north coast of Cuba and the Bahamas during the next day or two. Update Thursday 8pm: Hurricane Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph and the eye of Irma should continue to move near the Turks and Caicos Islands and toward the southeastern Bahamas this evening. The core of the hurricane will then move between the north coast of Cuba and the Bahamas during the next day or two. Maximum sustained winds remain near 175 mph, but some fluctuations in intensity are likely. Update Thursday 5pm: Hurricane Irma continues to have an impressive satellite presentation with a very distinct eye. The environment along the future track of Irma is favorable for the hurricane to maintain most of its current intensity, although some fluctuations are likely due to eyewall replacement cycles which are difficult to predict. There are no obvious reasons why Irma should not remain a powerful major hurricane for the next 3 days while it is heading for Florida or its adjacent surroundings. Thereafter, an increase in the wind shear and the interaction with land should lead to gradual weakening. Update Thursday 2pm: Hurricane Irma remains a Category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds at 175 mph. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days with some decrease in forward speed. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move between Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos this afternoon. The hurricane will then move across the southeastern Bahamas by this evening. Update Thursday 11AM:  The latest track of Hurricane Irma has the eye of the storm located at latitude 20.4 North, longitude 69.7 West. The Storm is moveing West-North-West at 16 MPH with Maximum sustaned winds at 175 MPH. If the storm continues on its projected path it will be just West of Cuba by 8am Friday and right off the coast of Jacksonville Monday at 8AM. Its still expected we start to see impacts from Irma starting on Saturday.  Update Thursday 8am:  The eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 20.1 North, longitude 69.0 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph (28 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move just north of the coast of Hispaniola today, be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by this evening, and then be near the Central Bahamas by Friday.  Maximum sustained winds remain near 180 mph (285 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles (85 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km).  The latest minimum central pressure just reported by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane is 921 mb (27.20 inches). Update Thursday 5am:   At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Irma was located  near latitude 20.0 North, longitude 68.3 West. Irma is moving toward  the west-northwest near 17 mph (28 km/h), and this general motion is  expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center should pass north of the coast of Hispaniola later today, be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by this evening, and then be near the Central Bahamas by Friday. Maximum sustained winds are near 180 mph (285 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days.   Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles (85 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km).   Update Wednesday 11PM: The hurricane warning for the Virgin Islands has been discontinued. The eye of Category 5 Hurricane Irma continues passing just north of Puerto Rico.  Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will continue to pass just north of Puerto Rico tonight, pass near or just north of the coast of Hispaniola Thursday, and be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by Thursday evening. Update Wednesday 8PM: The eye of Category 5 Hurricane Irma is passing just north of Puerto Rico. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will continue to pass just north of Puerto Rico tonight, pass near or just north of the coast of Hispaniola Thursday, and be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by Thursday evening. Update Wednesday 5PM: The eye of Irma is now moving away from the northernmost Virgin Islands. Tropical Storm and Hurricane conditions are spreading over portions of Puerto Rico. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will pass just north of Puerto Rico tonight, pass near or just north of the coast of Hispaniola Thursday, and be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by Thursday evening. Update Wednesday 2PM: The “extremely dangerous core” of Hurricane Irma is passing over the northernmost Virgin Islands. Maximum sustained winds are still 185 miles per hour, or Category 5 strength. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will continue to move over portions of the Virgin Islands during the next couple of hours, pass near or just north of Puerto Rico this afternoon or tonight, pass near or just north of the coast of the Dominican Republic Thursday, and be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas late Thursday. Update Wednesday 11:00 am:  The eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 18.2 North, longitude 64.0 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will move over portions of the Virgin Islands very soon, pass near or just north of Puerto Rico this afternoon or tonight, pass near or just north of the coast of the Dominican Republic Thursday, and be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas late Thursday.  Maximum sustained winds are near 185 mph (295 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles (85 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km).  The estimated minimum central pressure is 918 mb (27.11 inches). Update Wednesday 8:00 am:   The eye of Hurricane Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will move over portions of the northern Virgin Islands today, pass near or just north of Puerto Rico this afternoon or tonight, and pass near or just north of the coast of the Dominican Republic Thursday. Maximum sustained winds remain near 185 mph (295 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles (85 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km). A wind gust to 90 mph (146 km/h) was recently on the island of St. Eustatius located south of the eye of Irma. A NOAA National Ocean Service station on Barbuda reported sustained winds of 118 mph (190 km/h) with a gust to 155 mph (249 km/h) before the instrument failed earlier this morning. The estimated minimum central pressure based on data from an Air Force Reserve aircraft and earlier surface observations is 918 mb (27.11 inches). A NOAA National Ocean Service station on Barbuda reported a minimum pressure of 916.1 mb (27.05 inches) earlier this morning.    Update Wednesday 5:00 a.m: The center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 17.9 North, longitude 62.6 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will move over portions of the northern Leeward Islands this morning, move near or over portions of the northern Virgin Islands later today, and pass near or just north of Puerto Rico this afternoon or tonight.  Maximum sustained winds remain near 185 mph (295 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles (85 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km). St. Martin recently reported a wind gust of 61 mph (98 km/h). Update Tuesday 8:00 pm: Hurricane Irma remains a Category 5 storm, with max sustained winds at 185 mph. A turn toward the west/northwest is forecast to begin tonight. Update Tuesday 5:00 pm: Hurricane Irma’s maximum sustained winds remain at 185 mph. The National Hurricane Center says the storm is “potentially catastrophic”, and that weather conditions over the northern Leeward Islands should be deteriorating soon. A turn to the west-northwest is forecast to begin tonight. Update Tuesday 2:00 pm: Hurricane Irma remains a Category 5 storm. Maximum sustained winds have increased again to 185 MPH. Irma is moving toward the west near 14 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue today, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest tonight. Update Tuesday 11:00 a.m:  Hurricane Irma remains a Category 5 storm. Maximum sustained winds are now at 180 MPH. Tropical Storm Jose has formed over the open Atlantic. Its planed to stay on a west northwest path near 13 MPH.  Tuesday, 8:00 a.m:  Hurricane Irma is now a Category 5 Hurricane.   NOAA and Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft data indicate Hurricane Irma has intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale with maximum winds of 175 mph (280 km/h) with higher gusts.   KEY MESSAGES:  1. Irma is expected to affect the northeastern Leeward Islands as an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane, accompanied by life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall. Hurricane warnings are in effect for portions of the Leeward Islands. Preparations should be rushed to completion, as tropical-storm force winds are expected to first arrive in the hurricane warning area later today.  2. Irma is also expected to affect the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as a dangerous major hurricane beginning tomorrow, with life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall. Hurricane warnings have been issued for these areas, and tropical- storm-force winds are expected to arrive in these areas by early tomorrow.  3. Irma could directly affect Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, and Cuba as an extremely dangerous major hurricane later this week. Residents in these areas should monitor the progress of Irma and listen to advice given by officials.  4. There is an increasing chance of seeing some impacts from Irma in the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys later this week and this weekend. Otherwise, it is still too early to determine what direct impacts Irma might have on the continental United States. However, everyone in hurricane-prone areas should ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place. UPDATE Tuesday, 5:00 a.m:  Dangerous Hurricane Irma heading for the Leeward Islands with 150 MPH winds.   Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. A NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane is scheduled to be in the eye of Irma within the hour. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km). UPDATE Tuesday, 2:00 a.m:  The eye of Hurricane Irma was located by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft near latitude 16.6 North, longitude 56.4 West. Irma is moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue today, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest Tuesday night.  On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move near or over portions of the northern Leeward Islands Tuesday night and early Wednesday.  Data from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 145 mph (235 km/h) with higher gusts.  Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additional strengthening is possible during the next 48 hours.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).   Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says Irma should be approaching Puerto Rico by Wednesday afternoon, and eventually the Florida Straits by Saturday. Mike says any local impacts from Irma could start to be felt by Saturday, and especially into Sunday and Monday. UPDATE Monday, 5:00 p.m:  Hurricane Irma has been upgraded to a category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. The National Hurricane Center says the system is moving west/southwest at a speed of 14 mph. Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties in Florida as Irma marches on.  Scott released this statement Friday: “Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared. I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma’s path – potentially impacting millions of Floridians. Today, given these forecasts and the intensity of this storm, I have declared a state of emergency for every county in Florida to make certain that state, federal and local governments are able to work together and make sure resources are dispersed to local communities as we get prepared for this storm. In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared. This state of emergency allows our emergency management officials to act swiftly in the best interest of Floridians without the burden of bureaucracy or red tape.  For the first time, Irma’s cone of uncertainty now includes South Florida and the Florida Keyes.
  • A missing child alert has been issued for a 4-year-old boy out of Orlando, who is believed to be in the company of a 51-year-old woman. Kyson Calderon was last seen wearing a gray, Ninja Turtles, shirt with red sleeves. He should also be wearing light-up Sketchers shoes. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement believes Kyson is with Gwendolyn Walker, though it’s still unclear at this point what their relationship is to each other.  The two may be traveling in a gray Kia Soul with Florida tag number EHBH84. The car has dark tints, a white apple sticker and a white Colombia College sticker on the back bumper.  If you have any information you’re asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 407-836-4357.
  • Television viewers in Jacksonville looking to cut the cord of traditional cable and satellite services are getting another option. YouTube TV is now available in the Jacksonville-Brunswick market, offering more than 40 live channels and unlimited online DVR storage, for $35 per month. A monthly subscription also comes with six accounts per houshould. More information on how to signup: here. 
  • “It is important to never forget the history of our great city; and, these monuments, memorials, and markers represent a time in our history that caused pain to so many.” It’s just one part of a statement from Jacksonville’s City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche, as she announces she’s starting the process of removing Confederate memorials, monuments, and markers from City property. Brosche says the “horrific and unacceptable” weekend incidents in Charlottesville, Virginia are part of the reason for her stance.  LISTEN:  BROSCHE HAS NO DESIRE TO ERASE HISTORY She further cites the Florida Senate removing Confederate items from public places in Tallahassee and action of former Governor Jeb Bush. Brosche says she has ordered the Parks and Rec Department and Planning Department to inventory all of these items on public property. She then intends to propose legislation to move them where they can be “respectfully preserved and historically contextualized” in museums and educational institutions.  Council Member Bill Gulliford tells WOKV News he does not support making any changes.  “Do we make it so that we hide the things that maybe we’re not so proud of and sanitize it? I’m not a proponent of that”, said Gulliford.   Fellow Council Member Tommy Hazouri says a conversation is necessary, and he supports the approach taken by Brosche. Councilman Garrett Dennis says he completely supports Brosche’s proposal, calling it strong leadership. But, Councilman John Crescimbeni seemed to take a more middle-of-the-road approach, saying he's open to discussion.   'I certainly don't have a problem having this conversation, but I do not want to restrict it to just Confederate markers, memorials, and monuments. I think if we're going to develop a policy about what we want on our landscape, in terms of recognizing, or remembering, or whatever, it should be a policy based on actions and deeds, not restricted to some specific time period,' says Crescimbeni.   Crescimbeni says it's important, as a city, to set parameters on what we're going to memorialize and pay tribute to and what we’re not. As for Councilman Samuel Newby, he says, at this point, he doesn't have an opinion on the matter.   'I'm looking at both sides of it and I will make a decision in due time, but, like I said, I haven't made a decision on way or another,' explains Newby. Council member Scott Wilson tells WOKV, he's keeping an open-mind about the idea, but he is concerned about the cost of moving monuments.   Wilson says, 'I plan on remaining open-minded, but I'm hesitant to make any changes, especially with our budgets being so tight. This money could be spent on children's programs, whether it be after-school programs, swimming lessons, or what have you. So, I'm a little hesitant to spend the money to do it right now.' Meanwhile, Mayor Lenny Curry isn't giving a definitive stance either way. Instead, Curry says he will continue to focus on his priorities, which include public safety.   'Any issue that doesn't line up with the priorities that I've laid out and that I'm facing everyday, it's city council's right, job, and their role to determine their priorities and for me to evaluate that legislation if they pass it at that time. And that's how I'll handle this, like other legislation,' says Curry.   Curry goes on to stress his public safety focus, saying, 'I'm getting up every day, facing the idea that kids are shooting kids, fighting violent crime, reinvesting in public safety that was neglected before I got here. And the removal of a single monument would not have stopped the shootings of kids at the Jacksonville Landing last year, the 2-year-old, Aiden, that was shot in a drive-by, just over a year ago. So I remain focused and committed to the priorities that I've laid out.'   If a bill looking to move Confederate monuments lands on his desk, Curry says he will evaluate it at that time. A spokesperson for Duval County Public Schools declined to comment directly on this issue, instead saying that their focus right now is the first day of school. In late 2013, the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School was changed to Westside High School. Forrest was a Confederate General and believed to be the leader of the KKK. WOKV News has requested statements from other city leaders on their opinion of studying, keeping or removing Confederate markers on City property.
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  • Ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens kicking off in London this year, a big focus was not just what players would do on the field, but what would happen on the sidelines.  In recent days, President Trump has spoken out in person and on Twitter about athletes who kneel during the National Anthem. He has said the NFL should fire players who take part in this demonstration, and expanded the criticism to athletes in other sports as well.  VIDEO: President Trump speaks on athletes who kneel during National Anthem Kneeling during the National Anthem was first done by Colin Kaepernick, with the then-quarterback saying it was in protest of the treatment of black people by police. Since his first demonstration, more athletes have continually joined in, but there was a heightened attention heading in to today’s game, because of the President’s comments.  About a dozen athletes from each team took a knee during the National Anthem ahead of kickoff in London. Their arms were linked, as were those of the athletes, coaches, and staff who remained standing. Among those linked in arms along the sideline was Jaguars owner Shad Khan, who says his presence was very intentional  “It was a privilege to stand on the sidelines with the Jacksonville Jaguars today for the playing of the U.S. national anthem at Wembley Stadium. I met with our team captains prior to the game to express my support for them, all NFL players and the league following the divisive and contentious remarks made by President Trump, and was honored to be arm in arm with them, their teammates and our coaches during our anthem. Our team and the National Football League reflects our nation, with diversity coming in many forms – race, faith, our views and our goals. We have a lot of work to do, and we can do it, but the comments by the President make it harder. That’s why it was important for us, and personally for me, to show the world that even if we may differ at times, we can and should be united in the effort to become better as people and a nation,” says the full statement issued by the team on behalf of Khan.  The team also posted on social media with a photo of Khan and Head Coach Doug Marrone linked arms with players, with the caption saying only “Unity”.  Khan joins a growing list of team owners and organizations that are supporting the players and their demonstrations. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Twitter that they would aid a “Unity” spot called “Inside These Lines” during Sunday night’s game, and that “it reflects the unifying force of our great game, our players & clubs”. Head Coach Doug Marrone, in his post-game press conference, said there was a lot of coordination ahead of time among the entire organization, and that he stands behind Khan’s statement. “I’m just trying to make sure this team sticks together. It’s an unusual situation, one I’ve never- there’s no book that tells you how to do it. But I think the way we handled it- at least from my standpoint I can speak from a head coach- at least there was a lot of communication, there was a lot of talking, and at the end of the day our team is going to be closer together for it,” Marrone says. The Jaguars went on to win the game 44-7 over the Ravens. The NFL UK says the game was played in front of a record crowd. Neither the Jaguars nor the Ravens knelt during the playing of the British National Anthem.  The owner of the Ravens respects and supports the demonstration by the players “100 percent”, according to a statement issued by the team. The statement says “all voices need to be heard”, and “that’s democracy in its highest form”. President Trump tweeted and retweeted several times through Sunday about the demonstrations.
  • As rescue workers tirelessly searched and the world waited breathlessly for them to find a 12-year-old girl believed to be trapped under the rubble of a caved-in school toppled by the devastating earthquake in Mexico City, it became apparent that the little girl never existed, Mexican officials said. >> PHOTOS: Major earthquake strikes Mexico City According to the New York Post, the girl, called “Frida Sofia,” was a case of a story that ran wild in the frantic aftermath of the disaster. >> How you can help Mexico and people affected by the Mexico earthquake “We are certain that it was not an actuality,” Adm. Angel Enrique Sarmiento, assistant secretary of the Mexican navy, told local paper El Universal. “We don’t have any knowledge, we never had any knowledge of the account.” >> Frida, the hero rescue dog, saves 12 following Mexico earthquake In the face of unimaginable destruction and hundreds killed, the story took on a life of its own as a symbol of much-needed help. A report first surfaced Wednesday that a little girl had signaled to rescuers from under the rubble of the Enrique Rebsámen school. >> On Rare.us: A family is devastated after this baptism turned tragic during the Mexican earthquake From that report came a series of details that included the girl’s name and age, and even reports of communication with the girl. Rescuers said they managed to slide a hose to her for her to drink, and other workers told MSNBC that they handed the little girl a phone and that she reported two other children were trapped with her under a granite table. >> On Rare.us: Salma Hayek generously pledges $100,000 to Mexican earthquake victims However, no parents came to claim the girl, which led some to believe she was misidentified. And, then Thursday, Sarmiento announced that after 11 children had been rescued, and 19 other children, plus six adults found dead, there were no other children beneath the collapsed school. >> Read more trending news “We have carried out a full count with the directors of the school, and we are sure that all the children are either safe at home, in the hospital or, unfortunately, died,” Sarmiento said.
  • Many First Coast counties are hosting workshops to get  you one-on-one assistance in applying for FEMA assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Some of the counties will announce more workshop days in the future as well. If you do not need assistance in person, you can go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. Get help: How to register through FEMA DUVAL COUNTY Workshops Tuesday, September 19th: 8:00am to 6:00pm, at the Prime Osborne Convention Center on 1000 Water Street. Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, in partnership with Senator Marco Rubio, is holding insurance villages and disaster recovery centers. In addition to Senator Marco Rubio’s staff and those participating from the Department of Financial Services, the following companies, non-profit organizations, and federal and state agencies have confirmed:   • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  • American Red Cross  • Florida SBDC Network  • U.S. Small Business Administration  • Florida Departments of Children and Families and Economic Opportunity  • First Data Corporation  • Anheuser-Busch Companies  • CareerSource Florida  • ElderSource  • United Way of Florida  • The Salvation Army The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of a Business Recovery Centers (BRC) in Duval County, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma.  SBA representatives at the Centers can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The Center will operate until further notice from 9AM to 6PM Monday through Saturday at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 728 Blanche St, Bldg 2. A Mobile Registration Intake Center has been set up by Matthew’s Restaurant in San Marco. At an MRIC, you can inquire about the status of your application for individual assistance or register for individual assistance. This is difference from a Disaster Recovery Center, because it does not also feature other partner agencies, including non-profits, on site. There is no set time frame for how long the MRIC will be open. Saturday, September 16: Council Members Katrina Brown, Reggie Gaffney, & Reggie Brown are hosting Hurricane Disaster Relief Assistance from 10AM to 2PM at the Bradham-Brooks Library, 1755 Edgewood Avenue W. You will get assistance registering for FEMA benefits. You should have information available regarding your Social Security number, address of the damaged home or apartment, description of the damage, information about insurance coverage, telephone number, mailing address, and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit. Saturday, September 16: Council Member Joyce Morgan, the Arlington 20/20 initiative, churches and other community partners will provide hurricane relief assistance from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Town and Country Shopping Center on University Boulevard at the Arlington Expressway. Relief supplies (water, ice, cleaning supplies, household items, etc.) will be available, along with volunteer assistance with yard cleanups and information about disaster recovery resources. CLAY COUNTYRecovery Center A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center is opening Sunday at 1:30PM, at the Clay County Fairgrounds, building 3- 2497 State Road 16, Green Cove Springs. This center is open from 8AM to 8PM every day beginning Monday, September 25th, offering you in person support and assistance for both individuals and businesses. That includes helping you register for federal disaster assistance, applying for Small Business Administration loans, giving you updates on your specific case, processing appeals, and connecting you with state program information. Workshops FEMA representatives will be available to assist Clay County residents from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the following dates/locations. You should bring information about your social security number, the name of your insurance company, description of damage, income and other financial information, and contact information. The Salvation Army will be providing meals on site.  -Saturday, Sept. 16, Orange Park Library, 2054 Plainfield Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073 -Sunday, Sept. 17, Keystone Heights City Hall, 555 S Lawrence Blvd, Keystone Heights, FL 32656 -Monday, Sept. 18, FEMA Team will be canvasing the area for additional impacted areas -Tuesday, Sept. 19, Fleming Island Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd, Orange Park, FL 32003 -Wednesday, Sept. 20 – FEMA Team will be canvasing the area for additional impacted areas -Thursday, Sept. 21, Supervisor of Elections Office, 500 N Orange Ave, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 Hurricane Irma  Resource Recovery Event Friday, September 22, 4-7PM at Middleburg Civic Association at 2102 Palmetto St, Middleburg. Representatives from the following agencies will attend: • FEMA - answer questions on the registration process • Clay County Board of County Commissioners • Clay County Building Department – Permitting and processes to get back in my home • Clay County Health Department – speaking on well testing, mold exposure, special needs • University of Florida’s IFAS – mosquito control, etc. • Clay Safety Net – Unmet needs • Northeast Florida Builders Association – working with licensed contractors, what to do with mold, etc. • Small Business Development Center – working with small businesses to recover ST. JOHNS COUNTY Recovery Center A Disaster Recovery Center will operate at the St. Johns Wind Mitigation Building at 3111 Agricultural Center Drive 8AM to 8PM seven days a week. The Center will be open for the immediate future. This will serve as a one-stop-shop for anyone seeking one-on-one help, including access to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, DEMA, the US Small Business Administration, and other state agencies. You can get more information from the Emergency Operations Center hotline at 904-824-5550. Workshops Monday, September 18th:  St. Johns County and Senator Marco Rubio are hosting a Disaster Recovery Center event for residents affected by Hurricane Irma from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View. Representatives from FEMA, insurance agencies, and other state, federal, and local entities will be available to answer questions and provide needed hurricane recovery assistance and information. For more information regarding Hurricane Irma recovery and response, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550. In addition to Senator Marco Rubio’s staff and those participating from the Department of Financial Services, the following companies, non-profit organizations, and federal and state agencies have confirmed:   • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  • American Red Cross  • Florida SBDC Network  • U.S. Small Business Administration  • Florida Departments of Children and Families and Economic Opportunity  • First Data Corporation  • Anheuser-Busch Companies  • CareerSource Florida  • ElderSource  • United Way of Florida  • The Salvation Army Baker County Workshops Florida Senator Bill Nelson’s staff will be in Baker County Wednesday 9/20 to help people register with FEMA. The event will take place from 2-4PM at the Baker County Administration Building, 55 North 3rd Street, Macclenny. Nassau County Resources Friday, September 22- Disaster Survival Assistance Teams will be arriving in Nassau County. The teams will be doing door-to-door canvassing of areas affected by Hurricane Irma, and Nassau County Emergency Management will post information on the specific areas as that is available. They will provide information directly to survivors on how to register for FEMA disaster aid and other things. These DSAT members will have identification. If you are not sure if the person who contacts you is a legitimate DSAT representative, you can call the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 904-225-5174.
  • WOKV will continue updating this list of cancellations, closures/openings, and resources for you in connection to Hurricane Irma as new information comes in. This list represents Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties. POST-STORM RESOURCES In Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties, if your home has suffered damage, you can apply for individual assistance. To register online, go to www.disasterassistance.gov. To register by phone, 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) Several resource and recovery centers are opening across the First Coast if you need help registering with FEMA. Locations can be found here. The U.S. Small Business Administration has added more counties to the disaster declaration in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma that began on Sept. 4, 2017. Eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Duval, Clay, and St. Johns. Eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Baker and Nassau counties. St. Johns County has opened four water distribution points: SJC Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 2175 Mizell Road (THIS ONE IS NOW CLOSED), the Solomon Calhoun Community Center at 1300 Duval Street, Flagler Estates Road and Water Office at 9850 Light Avenue, and Al Wilke Park at 6150 South Main Street (THIS ONE IS NOW CLOSED). They will be open daily 8am-7pm through Friday. Limit one case of water per car. The City of Jacksonville is distributing water from 10AM to 5PM while supplies last at Hobby Lobby, 14286 Beach Blvd; McDonalds, 5751 Beach Blvd; Edwaters College, 1853 Kings Road; and the Supervisor of Elections Office, 1 Imeson Park Blvd. The Prime Osborne Convention Center, 1000 Water Street, is opening its doors to help people seeking to cool off with some air conditioning and access to electricity and internet. You need to bring your own equipment. The Center will be open 3PM to 9PM Wednesday and 9AM to 9PM Thursday, September 14 through Sunday, September 17. St. Johns County has opened a post-impact shelter at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center at 1300 Duval Street (THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED). This is for anyone who can’t return to his or her home. All other shelters are now closed. THESE SHELTERS ARE NOW CLOSED---In Nassau County, there is a shelter at The Journey Church at 95707 Amelia Concourse, Fernandina Beach. The facility has special needs capabilities and is pet friendly. A second shelter has also opened at the First Baptist Church in Hilliard. In Duval County, The Legends Center, 5054 Soutel Drive, remains open as a general population shelter, but is now closed as a special needs shelter (THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED). Southside Baptist Church, 1936 Hendricks Avenue, is open as a general population shelter. THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED---The Baker County Family Service Center by Keller Intermediate School, 420 8th Street in Macclenny, remains open as a general population shelter. Clay County has opened a post-storm shelter at First Baptist Church Middleburg, 2645 Blanding Blvd. FEMA has issued an Individual Assistance Declaration for St. Johns County in response to damage incurred due to Hurricane Irma. To apply for individual assistance, please visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800.621.3362. The Nassau County Emergency Operations Center is providing free water for residents to pick up at the Callahan Fairgrounds. St. Johns County is offering a limited number of free tarps for residents with homes affected by Hurricane Irma. Tarp sizes include 20’ x 30’ or 30’ x 40’ and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Building, 200 San Sebastian View. Please call 904.209.1250 in advance to request a tarp that can be picked up at the Health and Human Services Building during standard business hours. At Governor Scott’s direction, the Florida Highway Patrol continues to escort fuel resupply trucks so fuel is quickly delivered to communities across Florida. In an effort to best support the communities it serves, Sam’s Club has reopened all club locations in Florida and is temporarily waiving its membership requirements for the communities affected by Hurricane Irma at select club locations. In Jacksonville, that includes 300 Busch Drive, 10690 Beach Blvd, and 6373 Youngerman Circle. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued an emergency order to waive the fees to replace Florida concealed weapon licenses and security guard licenses that were lost or destroyed during the hurricane. The U.S. Department of Agriculture accepted a request to allow all students in 48 counties subject to a FEMA Major Disaster Declaration access to free school meals through the National School Lunch Program. These changes, in effect Sept. 18 – Oct. 20, will potentially impact over 3,000 schools and 2.5 million children. Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties are all covered. A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center is opening Sunday at 1:30PM, at the Clay County Fairgrounds, building 3- 2497 State Road 16, Green Cove Springs. This center is open from 8AM to 8PM every day beginning Monday, September 25th, offering you in person support and assistance for both individuals and businesses. That includes helping you register for federal disaster assistance, applying for Small Business Administration loans, giving you updates on your specific case, processing appeals, and connecting you with state program information. HOTLINES Individuals needing assistance with clean-up on their private property are encouraged to contact Crisis Cleanup at 1-800-451-1954. As they are able, reputable and vetted relief agencies may assist you and your neighbors cut fallen trees, remove drywall, insulation, flooring, furniture, appliances, tarp roofs, etc. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need. Attorney General Pam Bondi has opened up a Price Gouging Hotline: (866) 9-NO-SCAM. Florida Emergency Information Hotline for all state residents: 1-800-342-3557. The Department of Financial Services (DFS) has launched a Hurricane Irma insurance information hotline: 1-877-MY-FL-CFO. St. Johns County Emergency Management has opened a hotline for residents to call about county services, storm response, and events: (904) 824-5550. St. Johns County has also launched a Building Services Structural Hotline at (904) 827-6836. Clay County Call Center 904-284-7703 JTA Customer Service 5:30AM through 8:30PM 904.630.3100 or TTY 904.630.3191. Hotline for storm-related questions and problems in Jacksonville is 904-630-CITY In Nassau County, iIf you have any questions or concerns not addressed, please contact our Citizens Information Center at 1-904-548-0900. JEA Customer Care Consultants: 904.655.6000 or 800.683.5542- Consultants are able to give customers an idea of when a crew will be assigned to their area or circuit, according to JEA’s CEO, but it doesn’t guarantee when it will happen or when power will be restored. Consultants are also able to answer questions about why their power outage map shows you have power when you do not.   JEA and United Way- All counties: 2.1.1 or 904.632.0600- Customers without power are able to call this line seeking assistance, and JEA says they will work to try and transfer those to an agency that might be able to provide essential needs. Florida Blue, in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health, is offering emotional support to individuals and loved ones affected by Hurricane Irma. The companies are providing community access to specially trained behavioral health counselors via a 24-hour, toll-free help line: 800-843-6514. K-12 SCHOOLS Duval County Schools: Duval County Public Schools will be closed on Friday, September 8 through Friday, September 15. School offices, after-school activities, and extended day care will also be closed those days. They aim to reopen on Monday. High School football games that had to be rescheduled because of Irma will now take place at the following days and times: Paxon v Yulee, 9/18 at 6PM at Paxon; Fletcher v Atlantic Coast, 9/18 at 6PM at Fletcher; Wolfson v Fernandina, 9/18 at 7PM at Wolfson; Westside v Ponte Vedra, 9/18 at 6PM at Westside; Lee v Columbia, 9/19 at 6PM at Lee; Mandarin v Deland, 9/19 at 6PM at Mandarin; Sandalwood v Spruce Creek, 9/19 at 6PM at Sandalwood; Terry Parker v Bishop Kenny, 9/22 at 7PM at Bishop Kenny; Ed White v Nease, 10/6 at 7PM at Ed White; Ribault v Suwanee, 10/10 at 7PM at Suwanee; Eglewood v Middleburg, 10/17 at 7PM at Endlewood; Baldwin v Stanton, 10/30 at 6PM at Baldwin. The Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine has announced all Diocesan schools will be closed Friday 9/8 through Wednesday 9/13. The only schools that will not open Sept. 14 are Blessed Trinity, Cathedral Parish School and Early Learning Center, Christ the King, Morning Star and Morning Star High School, San Jose and San Juan del Rio. The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida's Child Development Center at 318 N. Ocean St. will be closed on Friday, September 8, and Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12. The center will remain closed for all dates that Duval County schools are closed. The Jericho School for Children with Autism will be closed on Friday, September 8 through Wednesday, September 13. School resumes Thursday, September 14. Beaches Episcopal School cancels all after school activities Thursday. School will be closed Friday, September 8 through Wednesday, September 13. Classes will resume Thursday.  The first hurricane make-up day will be Thursday, November 9th, which was initially a Teacher Planning Day.  Jacksonville Country Day School will be closed on Friday, September 8, through Wednesday, September 13.  Extended Care and all after school activities, including Sharks basketball games, are also canceled on those days. They are reopening Thursday, September 14th. The Bolles School is closed through Wednesday. It will reopen Thursday. Bishop Kenny High School resumes classes Thursday. Arlington Community Academy Elementary is closed through Wednesday, September 13th. They are opening Thursday. Clay County Schools: All Clay schools will be closed Friday, September 8, through Friday, September 15th. School administrators are asked to report to their schools to assess damage on Thursday, September 14th. Transportation mechanics will report to the Middleburg compound on Thursday. Maintenance Staff will report to Operations on Thursday. Cafeteria Managers will report to their schools on Friday, September 15th. School board meeting on September 7 was canceled. The board plans to hold two meetings to make up for the cancellation, one on the 18th and one on the 26th. High School football makeup games: Clay High v Orange Park High, Oct 6th at 7PM at Orange Park High; Fleming Island High v Bucholz High, Sept 18th at 7PM at Fleming Island High; Middleburg High v Englewood High, Oct 17 at 7PM at Englewood High; Oakleaf High v Bartram Trail High, Oct 6 at 7PM at Bartram Trail High School; Orange Park High v Clay High, Oct 6 at 7PM at Orange Park High; Ridgeview High v Palatka High, Sept 18 at 7PM at Palatka High. Keystone Heights High v Umatilla High has been canceled. Nassau County Schools: All public schools and district offices in the district will be closed Friday, September 8 through Thursday, September, 14th. 12-month employees should report to work Thursday, September 14th, if possible. Classes will resume Friday. St. Johns County Schools: All schools will be closed Friday, Stepember 8, through Friday, September,15th. Schools will reopen Monday. All extracurricular and interscholastic activities have been canceled starting Friday, September 8th.  All St. Johns County after-school programs held at the Ketterlinus Gym and the W. E. Harris Community Center will resume on Monday, September 18 to coincide with schools reopening Baker County Schools: Baker County Public Schools are closed Friday, September 8, through Monday, September 18. Classes will resume Tuesday. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Jacksonville University will be closed Friday, September 8, through Friday, September 15. Normal activities resume Monday, September 18th. FSCJ will be closed from Friday, September 8, and remain closed through Sunday the 17th. Classes are set to resume Monday, September, 18, at regularly scheduled times. The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind has canceled classes Thursday September 7 through the weekend. Classes will resume on Monday, September 18th.  Florida Coastal School of Law will resume classes Monday, Septemeber 18.  University of North Florida classes, including online classes, have been canceled from Friday, September 8, through Wednesday, September 13th. Class at the University of North Florida will resume on Thursday, Sept. 14. Offices will reopen , Wednesday, Sept. 13,  Edward Waters College will close Friday, September 8 and reopen Wednesday, September 13. Any classes, activities, or events that are scheduled to be held on campus between Sept. 8 and Sept. 12 have been cancelled.  The Edward Waters College Football Game Saturday, September 16th has been moved to University Christian School at 5520 University Blvd. It will take place at 4:30PM agaisnt Cumberland. St. Johns River State College campuses will be closed Friday, September 8. The College and classes will resume Monday, September 18. Flagler College closed Friday, September 8. Residence halls was opening Sunday, September 16th, and classes are resuming Monday, September 18th. TRANSPORTATION The County Road 218 Bridge east of Blanding in Clay County is closed for emergency repairs. The Roscoe Boulevard Bridge in St. Johns County is closed for emergency repairs. The Heckscher Drive Bridge at Browns Creek has reopened following emergency repairs. All of Duval County’s major bridges are now open, including Jacksonville’s Intracoastal bridges- Wonderwood, Beach, Atlantic, and JTB- the Acosta, Main Street, Dames Point, Hart, Mathews, and the Buckman Bridge have reopened, but you still need to drive with caution. The Black Creek Bridge on 218 in Clay County is back open. All St. Johns County bridges have reopened as of 11 am, Tuesday, September 12. Everyone is asked to be cautious of standing water hazards and debris obstructions. The Jacksonville International Airport ended operations Saturday 9/9 at 7pm. The airport reopened Tuesday. Flight ops are expected to gradually ramp up, and you should contact your airline for the most up-to-date flight information The Skyway will close at 9 p.m. on Friday, September 8 and reopen Wednesday, September 13th. The St. Johns River Ferry is scheduled to close after normal service on Thursday, September 7th, to relocate the boat inland. Service is resuming Thursday, September 14th. All JTA Bus Routes are back in service as of Wednesday, September 13. There may still be some detours. St. Johns County Council on Aging (COA) will resume normal paratransit tomorrow, September 14th. COA Sunshine Bus Service will resume today, Wednesday, September 13th beginning with the regularly scheduled afternoon runs on the following lines: Red, Blue, Purple, Orange, Green, Teal and Connector. Full hours of service on the above listed lines will resume Thursday, September 14th. The Hastings Circular will not run until the roads are deemed safe for travel. All construction work by the Florida Department of Transportation has been suspended temporarily because of the storm. Northeast Florida Regional Airport closed at 6PM Saturday. The airport opened to fixed wing aircraft Tuesday, September 12th. It’s also open and operational for helicopter traffic. Cargo operations at JAXPORT owned terminals ended at 11:59PM Friday. The Port of Jacksonville in its entirety- including private terminals- closed Saturday at 8PM. JAXPORT terminals and gates are now open, and the Coast Guard has cleared the entire Port of Jacksonville. GOVERNMENT All State of Florida offices will be closed on Friday, September 8. FDLE offices in Nassau and St. Johns are closed Wednesday, September 13. The Nassau County office remains closed Thursday, September 14th. All City of Jacksonville offices will be closed Friday, Monday, and Tuesday. Non-essential city services are also called off for those days.City services resume as normal Wednesday. All Jacksonville Public Library branches resume operations on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Overdue fines will be waived for items due when the library is closed. All St. Johns County library branches are open and available for residents and visitors to enjoy air conditioning, outlets to charge phones and devices, and other media services. The Clay County Animal Shelter evacuated because of Black Creek flooding. It will remain closed until further notice. If you need Animal Control assistance, call 904-269-6342 or email animalcontrol@claycountygov.com. The Florida Department of Corrections is canceling weekend visitation at all institutions for Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10. All Duval County Tax Collector branch locations will close at noon on Thursday, September 7th. They reopened with limited staffing Wednesday, September 13th. All administrative offices in St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach will be closed Tuesday, September 12. St. Johns County Administration Offices resume standard operations Thursday. The City of St. Augustine will open as power is restored. All administration offices, libraries, pet center, and recreational facilities will be open for standard business hours. The Duval County Clerk of Courts closed on Friday, September 8. The Chief Judge has ordered the Courthouse remain closed the rest of the week, as well as the Clerk’s Office. Regular hours should resume Monday, September 18th. The Fourth Circuit State Attorney’s Office is reopening Thursday, September 14th. Nassau County courts are closed through Thursday, September 14th. All perspective jurors who received summons to report to the Robert M. Foster Justice Center on Friday September 15, 2017 are excused and should not report. The summons will not be reissued.  Baker County courts closed through Tuesday, September 13th, and reopened Wednesday, September 13th. St. Johns County Courts closed Friday September 8th, and reopen Thursday, September 14th. The Clay County Courthouse and all Clerk of the Circuit Court branch offices in Clay County closed on Friday, September 8th. Court dates and services originally scheduled for these dates are impacted and have been rescheduled. Courts plan to reopen Thursday, September 14th. The United States Bankruptcy Court Jacksonville Division will be closed on Friday, September 8 and Monday, September 11, 2017. Naval Station Mayport is open to unrestricted traffic as of noon Wednesday, through the main gate. The Emergency Assistance Center is open at the base Fleet and Family Support Center (Bldg 1). You can also contact the Fleet and Family Support Center at 270-6600. The off base commissary and Navy Exchange are open at their normal hours. NAS Jax is opening for normal working hours Wednesday, September 13th. Members of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Regional Call Center (RCC) are headed to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Sept. 8, to relocate operations before Hurricane Irma reaches the Jacksonville, Florida area. NAS Jacksonville is telling personnel to shelter in place from 7PM Sunday through noon Monday. PARKS AND BEACHES Clay County is closing all boat ramps until Monday, September 18. The Jacksonville Zoo will open Thursday, September 14th. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is opening Thursday, September 14th. The Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine is closed from Thursday, September 7, until further notice. Fort Matanzas in St. Augustine is closed from Thursday, September 7, until further notice. The Jacksonville Beach Golf Course will reopen Thursday, September 14th. The driving range remains closed. The large dog park at Paws Dog Park in Jax Beach has reopened. The small dog park previously reopened. Due to significant damage, erosion, and debris, as a result of Hurricane Irma, St. Johns County is urging all residents and visitors to avoid the beach, beach access points, and walkovers until further notice. Swimming in the ocean is also discouraged due to high surf, rip currents, and debris The following St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Facilities are closed pending inspections due to Hurricane Irma: Alpine Groves Park, Shands Pier, Riverdale Picnic Area, Bird Island Park, Canopy Park, Vail Park, Palmo Dock, Collier-Blocker-Puryear Park, Solomon Calhoun Center, Ketterlinus Gym, St. John's County Ocean and Fishing Pier, Nease Beachfront Park Jacksonville’s beaches are open, but you’re urged to use extreme caution and not go in the water at this time because of rough conditions and debris. The St. Johns Golf Club will reopen Friday, September 15th. The Slammer & Squire at World Golf Village is closed until further notice. The Solomon Calhoun Community Center and pool will remain closed through Wednesday, September 20 as it remains a post-impact shelter for residents affected by Hurricane Irma. The main parking garage in St. Augustine open Thursday, September 14th. $12/day fees will apply. The following Florida Park Service state parks remain closed- St. Johns County: Faver-Dykes State Park EVENTS The Ponte Vedra Auto Show has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 24 and will take place at the Nocatee Town Center. It was originally planned for September 10. The Riverside Arts Market on September 9th has been canceled. The market is anticipated to return to normal operations on September 16.  The Bryan Adams show at Daily's Place on Saturday, Sept. 9 has been postponed. Sing Out Loud Festival dates have been canceled on September 8th, September 9th, and September 10th. The Sing Out Loud festival scheduled for September 15 through 17 will continue as planned this weekend with minimal stage relocations or show cancellations. Please see the updated schedule below for concert venue details. For more information regarding the Sing Out Loud festival, please visit www.singoutloudfestival.com. The Adam Ant: Anthems Tour at the Florida Theatre on Sunday, September 10 has been postponed. Florida Theatre shows scheduled for Saturday September 23rd and beyond will continue as planned. Events scheduled in Jacksonville Beach this weekend of 9/9 have been canceled, including BRUVAL, Chemo Noir 1K Run, and the Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run. The Jax Armada is canceling the match on Saturday, September 9th. It's being rescheduled for September 27. St.Augustine Amphitheatre is canceling the Modest Mouse concert set for Thursday, September 7. The Blackberry Smoke concert on Friday, September 8, has been postponed. This Friday-Sunday,  9/15-17, Widespread Panic concerts at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will proceed as originally scheduled. The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp will not host any playoff games. Playoff tickets already purchased can be refunded. The FSCJ Artist Series kickoff event for Wednesday, September 13, has been canceled. Thursday September 7 night concerts at The Landing has been postponed. The Jacksonville Humane Society’s Toast to the Animals has been canceled. The International Coastal Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, is cancelled. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office Zone 4 (Middleburg/Clay Hill) SheriffsNET Meeting for 9/14 has been canceled. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and to help affected Creators, One Spark and Bold Events are postponing the One Spark 2017 Innovation Festival until the spring of 2018. This year’s event has been rescheduled to take place on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, at EverBank Field, with a kickoff concert to be hosted by Bold Events at the new Daily’s Place amphitheater on Thursday, April 5. The St. Augustine Amphitheater has canceled the September 8 Blackberry Smoke and Chris Robinson Brotherhood concert event. Refunds will be granted at point of purchase. BUSINESSES All First Coast YMCA’s are now open, YMCA Afterschool prorams will resume when schools reopen, but some locations are offering camp: Duval County 9/14-15, duPont YMCA Youth Development Campus; in Clay County 9/13-15, Barco-Newton Family YMCA and Dye Clay Family YMCA; in Nassau County 9/14, Callahan Center and Yulee Kids Campus; in St. Johns County 9/14-15, Ponte Vedra YMCA. All SMG Jacksonville Box Offices & Administrative Offices are closed. They will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 13. All Florida Blue Centers in Jacksonville- Town Center, River City Marketplace, and Winston YMCA will be closed on Saturday, September 9. MOCA Jacksonville and NOLA MOCA will close at 9pm Thursday, September 7 and will remain closed until further notice. Jacksonville Symphony administrative and ticket office in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts closed 2pm today, Thursday, Sept. 7th. The office opened Wednesday, September 13.  All VyStar Credit Union branch locations, call center, and operations will be closed Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday. The Jacksonville Humane Society is closing 1PM Saturday through Monday. They are reopening Thursday, September 14. JIA USO closed 11:00 AM Thursday, September 7.  NAS USO close at 5:00 PM Thursday, September 7, and Mayport USO closed at 9:00 PM Thursday, September 7. They opened Tuesday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 13. SAPA Extrusions is closing their plant in St. Augustine Friday at 3pm. Jax Federal Credit Union branches will be closed Saturday, September 9 through Tuesday, September 12. All Clay Electric district offices will be closed to the public Monday, Sept. 11 and Tuesday, Sept. 12 so personnel can focus on restoration efforts after Hurricane Irma. Northrop Grumman employees impacted by Hurricane Irma who need assistance or information can call 1-800-995-4318, or continue to visit www.northropgrumman.com/emergency for updates. The Northrop Grumman site in St. Augustine is closed on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL OFFICES Both Baptist Beaches and Nassau Medical Center ERs and hospitals have reopened after they were evacuated because of the storm. Both will resume full operations by Wednesday, September 13th, at 8AM. St. Vincent's Riverside facility transferred their most clinically appropriate patients to St. Vincent's Southside and St. Vincent's Clay County on September 11, due to flooding in the area. Alignment Healthcare at 3520 St. Johns Bluff, which serves Florida Blue Preferred HMO Medicare members, will reopen tomorrow, Sept. 14. The location at 5500 Blanding Road will be closed the remainder of this week due to flooding and anticipates reopening next week. All patient appointments are being rescheduled or relocated to the St. Johns Bluff location. UF Health Jacksonville remains open. They have sent medical staff to shelters to help as needed. PRE-STORM EVACUATIONS ALL CURFEWS IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA HAVE NOW BEEN LIFTED Jacksonville’s Mayor has issued a mandatory evacuation for anyone living in Zone A or Zone B evacuate. The mandatory evacuation has also been extended for people living in mobile homes, or in low-lying areas. Nassau County has issued mandatory evacuations for anyone in Zones A,C, or F, with the order going into effect Friday, September 8, at 6 PM. St. Johns County has mandatory evacuations for anyone in Zones A and B, which includes St. Augustine and Hastings. Clay County has a mandatory evacuation for Zones A, B, and C as well as low lying, modular, or vulnerable homes for Saturday at 6AM. Baker County has issued a mandatory evacuation of all residents of Steel Bridge Road- east of the collection site, all residents of Webb Haven Road, Persimmon and Ash Road in the Turkey Creek II neighborhood, Myrtle, Camphor, Chestnut, and Gum Roads, all residents on the west side of Aspen Road, all residents on Lil Dixie Trail, all residents on River Oak Circle, all residents on River Oak Drive, all residents on Confederate Drive East, all residents of Cedar Creek Farms Road. You’re also encourages to seek shelter if you’re in a mobile home or compromised shelter. The Florida Department of Corrections has evacuated Bridges of Jacksonville. Tolls have been lifted across the state to aid in evacuations. PRE-STORM RESOURCES The City of Jacksonville has opened 12 shelters. Find locations HERE. Baker County opened two shelters, one for the general population and one for special needs. More details HERE. Clay County has announced the opening of four shelters. Find locations HERE. St. Johns County is opening five shelters on Saturday morning at 6 AM. Info posted HERE. Nassau County is open five shelters, starting 6 PM Friday. More info HERE. City Rescue Mission currently provides shelter for 250 people. They are providing accommodations for 100 additional people at City Rescue Mission's New Life Inn, 234 W. State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, Friday at noon. The Salvation Army’s Towers Center of Hope at 900 W. Adams Street in downtown Jacksonville will open its shelter to the homeless. The shelter will open as weather dictates and will remain open as long as needed. JTA has three designated locations for anyone evacuating from the beaches who doesn’t have transportation: Fletcher High School, Mayport Middle School, and Jacksonville Beach Elementary School.  Florida Governor Rick Scott has ordered all K-12 public schools, state colleges, state universities, and state offices to be closed Friday through Monday so the facilities can be used for sheltering and emergency management operations. Nassau County Emergency Management says the Town of Callahan is out of fuel and all gas station will be closed until Tuesday. Airbnb activated its Disaster Response Program to aid Floridians forced to evacuate from their homes in connection to Hurricane Irma as well as relief workers arriving to provide assistance.   Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Eastern on September 9 and running through midnight on September 11, Verizon is giving postpaid customers talk, text and data relief while prepaid customers receive an extra 3 GB for talk, text and data. Through the storm period for our area, St. Vincent's HealthCare is offering FREE 24-hour non-emergency virtual care via video chat through our new service called St. Vincent's On Demand.  Because of how the St. Vincent's On Demand system is set up, patients will need to pay the $49.99 fee up front, but their credit cards will be refunded 2 - 3 days after the visit if it's within the storm period. As Hurricane Irma continues to make its way north we’re automatically issuing credits and waiving additional fees to give unlimited data, talk and texts to AT&T wireless customers and unlimited talk and texts to AT&T PREPAID customers across all of Florida, through at least Sept. 17.
  • Another Disaster Recovery Center is standing up on the First Coast.  Soon after Irma moved through our area, a DRC opened in St. Johns County. Since there, there have been several disaster recovery and relief events taking place, but now seven-day-a-week help has been established in Clay County. FULL LIST: Disaster relief and recovery events and centers in Northeast Florida  A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center opened Sunday around 1:30PM and will operate through 8PM. Normal operating hours begin Monday, September 25th of 8AM through 8PM seven days a week. The DRC is at the Clay County Fairgrounds, building 3- 2497 State Road 16, Green Cove Springs. This center offers you in person support and assistance for both individuals and businesses. That includes helping you register for federal disaster assistance, applying for Small Business Administration loans, giving you updates on your specific case, processing appeals, and connecting you with state program information.  The DRC was initially going to open Monday, but Clay County Emergency Management tells WOKV the DRC arrived early, so they decided to get started sooner than expected. There are four other DRC’s open in Florida- the on at the Wind Mitigation Building in St. Augustine, as well as locations in Boynton Beach, Riverview, and Ft. Myers. The Small Business Administration also opened a Business Recovery Center in Jacksonville, at the Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 728 Blanche Street, building 2.  You can also register directly for federal assistance on your own. All First Coast counties are eligible for individual assistance, under the federal disaster declaration.

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