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  • Saturday will largely uneventful for Jacksonville -- unseasonably warm and and breezy -- but Sunday promises to be another story.    Be wary for the potential for severe storms -- including tornadoes -- especially in the areas north of west of Jacksonville. Southeast Georgia needs to be on alert for severe storms by late Saturday and into Sunday. On Sunday, a squall line of severe storms will develop near the Big Bend of Florida in the morning and move rapidly northeast into and across all of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. There is a high likelihood of damaging winds along with isolated tornadoes, but they will be gone by 6 p.m. Hurricane Matthew weakened a lot of trees, so branches and trees might come down more easily. There will be strong winds even without any thunderstorms, which could cause more tree damage and downed power lines. Be prepared for fast-changing conditions. There is a fine line late Saturday between nothing at all vs. very severe storms.  A similar storm has already caused multiple deaths in Mississippi. 
  • The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season will be remembered in NE Florida for the damage that Matthew left behind. But our area saw impacts from Colin, Julia, and Hermine.  Matthew was the costliest storm in NE Florida, and up the coast into the Carolinas. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says, despite our close brush with disaster, many people living inland may grow complacent because they didn't see any damage. DOWNLOAD THE HURRICANE SEASON RECAP PODCAST  Hermine ended Florida’s 11-year hurricane-free streak when it made landfall in the Big Bend in September.   Tropical Storm Colin spun up a tornado on Jacksonville's westside in June.  The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season will go down as one of the longest on record.  Hurricane Alex formed in January deep in the north Atlantic Ocean.  Hurricane Otto in late November became the latest storm ever to form in the Caribbean.
  • An isolated microburst on Jacksonville's westside brought down trees around 103rd and I-295 Wednesday.  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says winds were estimated at up to 60 mph.  He says hail reports approaching 1'' in diameter was also reported in Wednesday's storms.  Lightning caused a few small fires, too.  Buresh says we could be in for another stormy afternoon Thursday.  'That sea breeze will once again trigger some locally heavy afternoon storms. They'll be mostly inland, they will be hit and miss, but they'll be slow movers and where they hit, they hit hard', said Buresh.  LISTEN TO MIKE'S DAILY DISCUSSION PODCAST FOR INDEPTH WEATHER COVERAGE A lightning strike caused a garage to catch fire at a home north of Collins Road, Duval County Emergency Management reported. As many as 2,250 JEA customers were without power after heavy rain and hail hit. JEA said a tree was down on Shindler Drive and the utility fixed outages on the Westside.  The National Weather Service reported a tree fell on a house on Firestone Road and another tree reportedly fell near Herlong Airport.
  • Florida's ten year hurricane drought has brought a relative lack of concern, and that could lead to complacency. A poll by Mason-Dixon finds 60% of Floridians feel the state will once again avoid a major storm this season, and don't feel vulnerable to the damage one court cause. And nearly one in three people say they will not evacuate in the face of a Category 1 storm.  Among younger residents 18-34, only 28% think there is at least some chance for a hurricane, and 67% don't believe there is.  Among those 65+, a majority (51%) do feel a storm could develop and only 42% are doubtful.  Listen to Action News Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh react to the poll results, and look ahead to what's currently brewing in the tropics.  
  • The WOKV Severe Weather Center worked through the night to update severe storms in NE Florida.  For many it may have been another rude awakening with loud claps of thunder, lots of bright lightning, and several inches of rain.  The National Weather Service in Jacksonville says rainfall estimates show between two and three inches of rain fell from central Clay County into Orange Park, downtown Jacksonville and to the northside of Jacksonville.  Now the focus is on cleanup, with debris scattered across lawns, and power is restored.  Action News Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says the stormy pattern continues today, and actually picks up in intensity through the week. 'Frequent thunderstorms late into the week, into the weekend and next week that will dump a lot of rain on most areas', said Buresh.   And that, Mike says, should really help extinguish the 40 wildfires burning across our area.
  • Heavy rain has cleared out making way for a cooler Thanksgiving weekend. The threat for significant flooding has ended. Action News Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says the Jacksonville International Airport broke the daily record rain of 1.45' for Nov. 25th with 1.61'.  Fleming Island recorded 2.36' and Green Cove Springs saw 2.15'. Buresh says clearing skies, breezy north winds and much cooler temperatures will follow by Wednesday afternoon but with highs only in the upper 50s to low 60s. Thanksgiving Day looks pretty nice but chilly to start.  Early morning temperatures in the 30s to low 40s will reach the lower 60s under sunny skies in the afternoon with a brisk north wind.
  • There were no tornado touchdowns reported and no  injuries from a strong storm front that moved through NE Florida Monday. We are still gathering damage reports, but so far we know of strong winds that blew down trees and damaged cars and porches, though at least one structure in Baker county sustained heavy wind damage and a mobile home was also damaged when a tree feel across it.  Action News Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh we'll now see clear skies and plunging temperatures. Tuesday will be sunny and chilly with morning lows near 40 degrees and high temperatures only in the mid 50's.The coolest morning since last winter is expected Wednesday morning with a hard freeze expected with record-setting lows in the upper 20's. The record low temperature for Wednesday is 32 degrees (2008).Mike Buresh says it will be the first freeze at JIA since February 14th & for inland areas north and west of Jacksonville since February 28th.
  • It's feeling kind of raw Thursday morning with low wind chills and temps that will struggle to reach 50 in the afternoon.  Action News Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says unlike some of the recent glancing blows, we're in a pattern of cold that lasts into next week.  'Friday morning's lows will be dipping into the upper 20's and low 30's mainly to the west of I-95.  Saturday will be a little bit cooler, and then Sunday morning stays above freezing at the beaches but colder inland'.  Afternoons this weekend will be below the January average. Hear Mike Buresh describe the conditions through the weekend and into early next week here. 
  • We're in for an unseasonably warm weekend.   Action News Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says we could reach all-time December high temps on Sunday. We'll be sunny on Saturday and Sunday.  If you're going to the final Jaguars home game of the season it's going to be really toasty.  Mike is tracking a cold front for Monday which will bring some rain by the afternoon.  If you're traveling ahead of Christmas, nasty weather from Texas to Michigan could affect travel by car and plane. Listen to the weekend and five-day forecast from Action News Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh here.
  • Mike Buresh

    Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh anchors the 5,6, and 11 p.m. newscasts on WJAX-TV and the 10 p.m. newscast on WFOX-TV and can be heard daily on News 104.5 WOKV.

    Buresh is a self-professed "weather holic" and his  fascination with weather developed at a very young age while growing up in rural Iowa.  As  early as the second grade, Mike's mom says he was drawing weather maps and "always looking at the sky."

    Mike's passion for weather continues to this day as Mike eats, drinks, breathes and - yes - sleeps weather.  Or as he likes to call it: "All the Weather, All the Time!"

    Mike graduated from Iowa State University in 1987 but began his college studies at Oklahoma University where he became an experienced "storm chaser" in addition to working at the National Weather Service.

    Shortly after graduating, Mike earned the American Meteorological Society's "Seal of Approval" and has also achieved his Certification for Broadcast Meteorologist which certifies that Mike meets specific educational and experience criteria and has passed rigorous testing in his knowledge and communication of meteorology and related sciences needed to be an effective broadcast meteorologist.

    Buresh began his television meteorology career at WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa and most recently at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio before coming to the First Coast. Mike has calmly, effectively and accurately warned, tracked and informed viewers about tornadoes, waterspouts, floods and many local tropical cyclones including Bonnie, Charley, Frances, Jeanne, Fay, Beryl, Debby and Andrea to name just a few.

    Jacksonville's Most Accurate Weather 

    Mike and his First Alert forecast have been rated as the "Most Accurate" in the Jacksonville television market according to the independent service "WeatheRate". 

    If you would like the most accurate Chief Meteorologist to visit your school, club or civic organization,  E-mail Mike » . Mike is also an active member of the Jacksonville Salvation Army Advisory Board.

    He has traveled extensively including trips to Australia, Asia, Central and South America, Galapagos Islands and twice to Africa.

    When Mike isn't forecasting your weather he enjoys golf, basketball, football, swimming, water skiing, the beach, reading, community outreach and, most of all, spending time with his lovely wife, daughters and "best friend", Opie, the dog.

    Mike is an avid writer and has a large following in the blog-o-sphere --  "Buresh Blog"  and  "Talking the Tropics With Mike" (hurricane season June 1st-Nov. 30th).

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  • Three people have been killed, including a police officer who traded places with a hostage, after a supermarket hostage-taking in the southern France town of Trebes, according to local media reports. Another person was killed when the alleged gunman stole a car before the hostage situation. >> Read more trending news
  • After watching lawmakers agree to two bills this week dealing with guns and school safety in the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Democrats say the gun violence marches around the nation on Saturday have the chance to change the political dynamic on gun control in the Congress. “Their hope gives me hope,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) said of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and others who have joined in calling for action on gun violence. “Their determination gives me determination,” Nelson said at a U.S. Capitol news conference, even as he and other Democrats again acknowledged that they are far from having the votes to press ahead with gun control plans. This Saturday, students will lead marches across our country to demand action and pass commonsense gun safety legislation. They just want our schools and communities to be safe. That is certainly not too much to ask, we owe it to them to get something done. #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/2mTVx1OMQK — Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) March 22, 2018 Among the plans that Democrats have focused on in recent weeks include: + The Manchin-Toomey ‘universal background checks’ bill, which would require checks for almost all private gun sales. + A federal law raising the minimum age to purchase a weapon to 21, mirrored on a law just passed by the state of Florida. + A ban on the sale of weapons like the AR-15. + Limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines. “We have an important role to play in insuring that no students should ever be afraid to walk down the hallway of their school,” said Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), whose district includes Parkland, Florida. Common-sense gun laws will save lives and uphold the 2nd Amendment. Our 21 to Buy Act follows the new standard set in FL & is the least we can do to keep our communities safe. Thanks to Republicans @TomRooney @RepPeterKing @RepCurbelo and Democrats @RepJayapal @RepCharlieCrist pic.twitter.com/z8atv06G8X — Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) March 22, 2018 “It is our job, and everyone working in that building behind us, to pass laws, to keep our communities safe,” Deutch said at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol. But the last five weeks were also a reminder of the difficulty of acting on any gun-related legislation – no matter how minor it might be. The “Fix NICS” bill approved this week as part of a giant spending bill was bipartisan, yet it also had some sharp opposition from Republicans in the House. And that makes the idea of the ‘Buy 21’ bill, or any ban on assault weapons, difficult to see getting through the Congress, unless there is major change in the makeup of the U.S. House and Senate. “You know the politics, but you got to start somewhere,” said Nelson. “This is the first step at the federal level.” “There is no better example of the youth of our country becoming engaged, than in this march,” said Deutch.
  • A Creston, Iowa, family of four that was previously reported missing in Mexico has been found dead. KCCI reported that 41-year-old Kevin Sharp, his wife, 38-year-old Amy Sharp, and their children, 12-year-old Sterling and 7-year-old Adrianna were found dead on a tourist condo complex in Tulum, Mexico, a tourist area. The Associated Press reported that the developer of the complex declined to comment. >> Read more trending news  “The Sharps have been located. They were found last night in their condo deceased,” a relative named Ashli Peterson wrote on Facebook, according to The Des Moines Register. “There was no foul play! At this time that is all the information we have.  “Please respect the family at this time as they go through the grieving process. Thank you for all the posts, shares, and kind words,” the post said.  Tulum is in the Quintana Roo state of Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula. A March 16 travel advisory from the U.S. Department of State said there was a level 2 advisory in the state due to crime. There were no restrictions on U.S. government employees for travel in that state, which has other tourist areas, such as Cancun and Cozumel. On Thursday, relatives filed a missing persons report through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, KCCI reported. According to Peterson’s original post, the family had not been in contact with relatives after letting them know they made it to their condo safely. Related: U.S. issues level 4 ‘do not travel’ advisory for 5 states in Mexico Creston Police Chief Paul Ver Meer said the family had not boarded their flight from Cancun, Mexico, back to the U.S. “It’s a very sad day for the Sharp family and the city of Creston as a whole,” Ver Meer said. “We’ll work through this together.” Ver Meer said there was no sign of traumatic injury and autopsies are being conducted in Mexico. Results are pending.  
  • Clay County School Superintendent Addison Davis is hosting a series of “Listen and Learn” community meetings to address school safety issues. Davis and a leadership team will discuss, among other items, the district’s current response to the Parkland, Florida shooting and what the system’s next steps will be to ensure safety. “The goal of these sessions is to work collectively with parents, students, employees, and stakeholders to address concerns, answer questions, and identify strategies for creating a safe environment in all schools.,” says Davis. Davis plans to talk about Florida’s Senate Bill 7026, which includes funding for resource officers, and what impact that will have on Clay County schools. He says ideas for single entranceways and other physical structure design changes will also be discussed.  The 6:00 PM sessions begin Monday, March 26 at Fleming Island High School’s cafeteria. Other sessions are listed below: Tuesday, March 27 at Oakleaf High School’s cafeteria Monday, April 16 at Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High School’s cafeteria Thursday, April 19 at Orange Park High School’s cafeteria Monday, April 23 at Ridgeview High School’s cafeteria Tuesday, April 24 at Middleburg High School’s media center Monday, April 30 at Clay High School’s media center
  • A carjacking suspect is being sought by St. Augustine police. Officers responded to 1900 Mizell Road at the Gate Gas Station around 6:45 PM Thursday. The victim told officers that a man using profanity approached her car at a red light, ordered her to get out of the car, then opened the door. Police say the suspect then reached into his pocket, again ordering the victim to get out of the car. She told officers that after she drove away, she could see the suspect approach the vehicle behind her.   Police say there was a second incident.  A witness to the first attempt told investigators that the man approached her car.  She says she immediately locked her doors and sped off.  Both the victim and the witness told officers they did not see a weapon. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, and tan jacket. He has a tattoo or a birthmark under his right eye. No arrest has been made. If you believe you have seen the suspect, you are asked to call police.

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