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Resources, closures, and important information connected to Hurricane Irma
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Resources, closures, and important information connected to Hurricane Irma

Resources, closures, and important information connected to Hurricane Irma
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Resources, closures, and important information connected to Hurricane Irma

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.

All Florida Park Service state parks have reopened

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.

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  • A judge sentenced the man who admitted to killing a Wisconsin couple last year before holding their 13-year-old daughter captive for three months to life in prison without the possibility of supervised release. >> Read more trending news Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, appeared before a Barron County judge for sentencing in the killing of James and Denise Closs and the kidnapping of their daughter, Jayme, according to the Duluth News Tribune. He pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional homicide for gunning down James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, in the early morning hours of Oct. 15. He also pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping for abducting Jayme. >> Man pleads guilty to kidnapping Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs, killing her parents Update 4:30 p.m. EDT May 24: A judge sentenced Patterson to life in prison without the possibility of parole for each of the intentional homicide charges to which Patterson pleaded guilty. The judge also gave Patterson the maximum sentence -- 40 years -- for kidnapping Jayme. Update 4:20 p.m. EDT May 24: In a brief, tearful statement in court, Patterson said he “would do like, absolutely anything to take back what I did.” “I would die,” he said. “I would.” Patterson’s attorneys asked a judge to sentence him to life in prison without the possibility of parole until 2072 for the killings of James and Denise Closs. The sentencing hearing is ongoing. Update 3:30 p.m. EDT May 24: In a statement read by an attorney Friday in court, Jayme said Patterson took many things from her but that, “He can never take my spirit away.” “He thought he could make me like him, but he was wrong,” she said. “He can’t stop me from being happy and moving forward with my life. I will go on to do great things in my life, and he will not. Jake Patterson will never have any power over me.” Chris Gramstrup, an attorney representing Jayme, read the victim impact statement in court. “He stole my parents from me,” Jayme said in the statement. “He stole almost everything I loved from me. For 88 days, he tried to steal me, and he didn’t care who he hurt or who he killed to do that. He should stay locked up forever.” Prosecutors said Jayme and her mother heard Patterson shoot and kill James Closs as they huddled together in a bathtub. Denise Closs called 911 as Patterson tried to batter down the bathroom door. Once he broke down the door, he wrestled the phone from Denise Closs and ordered her to tape Jayme’s mouth, hands and feet, prosecutors said. He told authorities that he thought she was doing a bad job, so he put down his shotgun to do it himself. Once Jayme was restrained, authorities said he picked up his shotgun again and, with Jayme feet from her mother, shot Denise Closs in the head. He then dragged Jayme to his car, threw her in the trunk and drove her to his home, where she was held captive for 88 days. Through Gramstrup, Jayme said her parents “did all they could to make me happy and protect me.” “He took them away from me forever,” Jayme said. “I felt safe in my home and I love my room and all of my belongings. He took all of that too. I don’t want to even see my home or my stuff because of the memory of that night. My parents and my home were the most important things in my life.” She said that since her escape in January, “It’s too hard for me to go out in public.” “I get scared and I get anxious,” she said. Prosecutors said Jayme escaped from Patterson’s home Jan. 10 after he left her alone. Original report: Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said members of Jayme’s family are expected to give statements at Friday’s hearing, MPR News reported. The court proceeding is expected to last several hours, according to CNN. Under Wisconsin law, Patterson will face a mandatory life sentence for each of the homicide convictions, the Duluth News Tribune reported. The main question for Friday will be whether Patterson will eventually be eligible for parole, according to the newspaper. >> Who is Jake Thomas Patterson? Suspect in Jayme Closs kidnapping identified Authorities said Patterson admitted to targeting Jayme after seeing her get on a school bus while he was driving home from work one day. He told investigators he did not know the Closses before the attack. Jayme told authorities she woke early on the morning of Oct. 15 when the family dog started barking. She woke her parents and then hid with her mother in a bathroom. Investigators said Patterson shot and killed James Closs before he found Jayme and Denise Closs in the bathroom. >> Jayme Closs kidnapping: Suspect charged in Closs murders, bail set at $5 million Jayme said Patterson killed her mother before dragging her to his car and driving her to what would turn out to be his home in Douglas County. He was arrested after Jayme escaped Jan. 10 from his home and flagged down a woman walking her dog. >> Jayme Closs to be given $25K reward after she saved herself from accused kidnapper Jayme told investigators Patterson made her hide under the bed in his bedroom for as many as 12 hours at a time without food, water or bathroom breaks. She escaped after Patterson left her alone in the home 88 days after he first abducted her. Jayme is living with her aunt and uncle, the Stevens Point Journal reported.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is actively investigating on the Westside, after a man called 911, claiming he had just shot someone attempting to break into his home. Police say this happened on North Dover Cliff Drive in the Pilgrims Trace neighborhood.  When officers arrived, they say they found a man dead in a nearby roadway. He has not yet been identified, but he's described by JSO as a black male between 30 and 40-years-old.  The investigation is still in its early states, but JSO says it does not appear that the two knew each other. We're told the homeowner is being cooperative with investigation.  Police are asking anyone with information on what happened to come forward.
  • House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said he was OK on Friday after he appeared to nearly faint during a news conference in New York City. >> Read more trending news Nadler, D-N.Y., was appearing Friday at a news conference about plans to expand the city’s use of speed cameras in school zones when New York Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared to notice he looked pale, WABC-TV reported. Video from the news conference showed Nadler looking ill and weak as the mayor asked him if he wanted some water.  The New York Daily News reported that paramedics called a code blue emergency after Nadler appeared to suffer from a brief dizzy spell. He was given water and an orange and later taken by ambulance to Lenox Hill Hospital, according to the Daily News. “Appreciate everyone’s concern,” Nadler said in a statement posted later Friday on Twitter. “Was very warm in the room this morning, was obviously dehydrated and felt a bit ill. Glad to receive fluids and am feeling much better. Thank you for your thoughts.”
  • A Colorado man arrested in Utah earlier this year for threatening to “kill as many girls as (he saw)” has been sentenced to serve up to five years in prison, despite prosecutors’ recommendation that he serve probation.  Christopher Wayne Cleary, 27, of Denver, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempt to make a terroristic threat as part of a plea deal with Utah County prosecutors, according to The Deseret News. Cleary, who was arrested in Provo in January, was already on probation in Colorado on two previous convictions of stalking women, the newspaper reported.  Cleary expressed remorse over his words. “I’m just sorry for what happened,” Cleary told the court, according to the News.  Prosecutors in Utah negotiated a plea deal with Cleary for a third-degree felony charge instead of the second-degree felony with which he was initially charged, the News reported. In exchange for his plea -- which would let them secure a felony conviction -- they agreed to recommend no jail time. The plea bargain was aimed at helping Colorado authorities send Cleary to prison for violating his probation in the stalking cases, the News reported.  >> Related story: Man upset over not having girlfriend accused of mass shooting threat to girls Fourth District Judge Christine Johnson on Thursday declined to take the state up on its recommendation, citing her uncertainty of whether Cleary would serve any jail time for probation violation in Colorado, the newspaper said. “I don’t want to be in the position of guessing what Colorado is going to do,” Johnson said during Cleary’s sentencing hearing.  Cleary was arrested Jan. 19, the same day multiple women’s marches were being held in Utah and throughout the country, based on an alarming Facebook post he wrote the night before, the News said. In the post, he bemoaned his lack of romantic prospects and, like several mass shooters who have targeted women, blamed the opposite sex for his plight. “All I wanted was a girlfriend,” Cleary wrote, according to a police affidavit obtained by The Denver Post. “All I wanted was to be loved, yet no one cares about me. I’m 27 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend before, and I’m still a virgin. This is why I’m planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter ‘cause I’m ready to die and all the girls the turned me down is going to make it right by killing as many girls as I see.” Another post stated, “There’s nothing more dangerous than (a) man ready to die,” the Post reported.  Cleary’s threats alarmed state and federal authorities in Colorado and neighboring Utah, where they traced his cellphone the following day. He was arrested at a McDonald’s in Provo and charged with making a terroristic threat.  Following his arrest, Cleary told investigators he was “upset and not thinking clearly” when he wrote the Facebook posts. According to the Post, he deleted the threats after other people called him and threatened him. Court records obtained by multiple newspapers paint a disturbing portrait of Cleary, who was accused of stalking and harassment by at least eight women and girls dating back at least seven years. The News reported that Cleary was also accused of threatening to bomb a grocery store in 2013 and threatened to commit a mass shooting at a mental health facility in 2016.  >> Read more trending news An 18-year-old Arvada woman called police on New Year’s Eve 2015 and reported that Cleary, with whom she’d been chatting on Facebook, began harassing her online and over the phone after she declined to go on a date with him. According to the Post, the woman told detectives he would use aliases, including one alias on Facebook named John Coleman. “I’ve been watching you,” the person claiming to be Coleman wrote to her on Facebook. “Soon here, you’ll be lying in your deathbed.” During that investigation, Arvada detectives found details of a previous criminal investigation in which Cleary told another woman who spurned his advances she should kill herself, the Post reported. He also posted her name and phone number in an online sex ad, offering her services for $20, court records show. In a prior misdemeanor harassment case from earlier in 2015, Cleary was convicted after talking a woman into posing naked for him and then posting the picture to a fake Facebook page in her name, the newspaper reported.  A harassment case from Denver found Cleary accused of writing threatening messages to a 17-year-old girl, including a message that said, “I own multipul (sic) guns. I can have u dead in a second. One day I’ma snap and kill everyone,” according to court documents. A second Denver case involved a 19-year-old woman who said she lived with Cleary in a hotel room for two weeks, during which time he choked her and urinated on her, the court documents said.  Cleary was convicted in October 2016 on two counts of stalking and harassment involving two of the three alleged victims in Arvada, the Post said. He was sentenced to two years of probation.  Cleary was arrested in yet another stalking case less than a year later. A 43-year-old Lakewood woman who had dated him called 911 Aug. 5, 2017, to report Cleary was stalking her. He was arrested outside the woman’s house. According to the Post, Cleary told investigators the woman was the only person who loved him and he was lonely without her. The woman told police she and Cleary had a sexual relationship -- contradicting Cleary’s claim earlier this year that he was a virgin. The victim told police Cleary, who began stalking her when she broke off the relationship, had called her 45 times that day, threatening her and telling her he hoped she would die.  “I am going to burn your house down,” Cleary told her, according to court records. “I am going to send people to your house to kill you.” Cleary also posted her phone number and address on Craigslist “soliciting sexual acts and rape,” according to a probable cause statement in the case. The woman said she’d received multiple phone calls from strangers due to the ad. The woman told police she lost 20 pounds and began having nightmares and anxiety attacks because of the stalking, the Post reported.  Cleary pleaded guilty to charges of felony stalking and making threats, the newspaper said. A judge in Jefferson County sentenced him last May to three years of probation.  Despite having violated his probation on the Arvada cases, he was not jailed following his guilty plea in the case involving the Lakewood woman, the Post reported. Pam Russell, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, said Cleary’s mental health played a part in his sentencing in that case, as well as in his 2016 stalking conviction, which was handled in Adult Mental Health Court.  “The courts decided to let his mental health issues be a big component of his treatment,” Russell told the Post.  Cleary’s defense attorney in the most recent case, Dustin Parmley, said this week that his client’s violent words are related to his mental illness, which he was reportedly diagnosed with at age 10. Cleary told investigators he takes medication for an impulse control disorder.  Parmley said Cleary’s words have never turned to action. Investigators found no evidence that Cleary had weapons or attempted to obtain any, the Post said.  The newspaper reported that four of the criminal investigations into Cleary ended without charges filed against him.  Cleary will serve his time in Utah before being transferred to Colorado to face probation violation charges there, the News reported. An official with the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole told the paper his earliest hearing could take place as soon as September. The News said the board could potentially set a release date at that time, or members could decide to keep him in prison. Cleary could serve the entire five years of his sentence before being returned to Colorado. 

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