JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - Tuesday is bringing a promise of more heavy rain and it'll be worse depending on how close you are to the beaches. Action News chief meteorologist Mike Buresh says Monday night rainfall at the beaches averaged one to three inches but there were some areas that got four to five inches during a few pop-up downpours last night.
Many people tell WOKV they were surprised Monday night when Jacksonville Beach flooded in just about an hour’s time.
Mike from Jacksonville Beach says he’s seen it before.
“About ten years ago….it’s been a while,” he said with a laugh. “About an hour ago there was no rain, and it just went from no rain to lots of rain.”
Buresh says the remants of Tropical Storm Karen combined with a cold front to produce some patches of heavy rain.
One of those patches dumped several inches on Jacksonville Beach, right smack in the middle of the evening rush hour commute.
“Unless they’re coming in with a surfboard, they’re probably not getting in today,” said Mark Stillman, owner of the Green Room Brewing Company on Third Street.
“We have several guests who are not able to come into the hotel and check in,” said Katherine Wagman, who works the desk at the Courtyard Marriot Oceanfront Hotel in Jacksonville Beach.
She says several of the hotel guests were stranded.
“I actually had to make a few phone calls to nine-one-one so that they could give them assistance,” Wagman said.
She says many of her guests were from out of town and driving rental cars when they were suddenly slammed by the rain and flooding.
Third Street in Jacksonville Beach seemed to be the center of all the road problems.
“I tried to go Third Street from North Jax Beach towards Beach Boulevard and all the cars are stopping,” one listener called to tell WOKV.
“All the cars were stopping. They didn’t want to pass it because it was at least two feet deep.”
Another listener called to say the islands on Third Street were underwater.
“You can’t even see them. Cars are up on the center island,” he said.
One person told our partner Action News he stopped in Ichiban on Third Street to pick up some food. There was no water.
“Within about thirty minutes the entire street flooded,” he said.
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