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COUNTIES ANNOUNCE LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCIES

St. Johns County Emergency Management has called for a local State of Emergency. The declaration allows the county to access more resources and assistance to prepare for Hurricane Irma. 

St. Johns County has also discontinued the re-entry tag program which was implemented during Hurricane Matthew to prove that people attempting to re-enter St. Johns County were indeed living in St. Johns County. Instead, you will only need to show your St. Johns County Address on your license, state-issued identification card, or another form of identification such as a utility bill or lease agreement.

Nassau and Clay have also announced States of Emergency.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has issued a State of Emergency, which will impact Camden and Glynn Counties. Click here for more information.

JACKSONVILLE MAYOR LENNY CURRY SPEAKS ON PREPARATIONS

There have been shelters identified, the county is planning for 12 shelters and they will be announced when needed. After 2 p.m. Curry will be getting a briefing from the state and at that time he will begin making decisions regarding any evacuation plans, government plans etc after that. 

MAIN STREET BRIDGE CLOSED FOR PART OF WEDNESDAY

The Main Street Bridge will be closed from 10 a.m. to around 4 p.m. as construction crews work to remove any debris that could become dangerous ahead of Hurricane Irma. 

GOV. SCOTT SPEAKS ABOUT PREPARING

Governor Rick Scott spoke on Wednesday about preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. Though Irma's latest track has shown an eastern shift, Scott said it is the responsibility of every Floridian to be prepared.

Scott said that people with special medical needs will evacuate out of Miami and anyone in lower lying areas are suggested to do the same. In the Florida Keys, all visitors are being asked to evacuate and Wednesday evening all residents will be given evacuation orders as well.

Listen to your local officials, urges Scott.

He plans to dispatch 900 more National Guard members, meaning 1000 will be put on active duty and ready to be dispatched to help. Scott said he plans to put all 6000 members on active duty if needed.

For shelters in your area.

Volunteers are needed if you can volunteer you can sign up here.

Make a plan, have a kit.

Be sure to get your prescriptions filled early if you can, said Scott.

FREE WATER FROM WICKED BARLEY BREWING CO.

The popular brewing company near Mandarin is giving out free water to those with containers through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is a limit, but feel free to stop by to get some water. Find out more here.

FREE SANDBAGS 

ST JOHNS

Starting Thursday, September 7, the City of St. Augustine will provide free sandbags beginning at 8:00am until 5:00pm at Francis Field on West Castillo Dr. for the public in preparation for Hurricane Irma.

The sand and the bags are free of charge and there is a limit of 20 bags per person. Members of the public must provide their own transportation and shovels, and are be responsible for filling their own bags.

Vehicles should enter Francis Field from the west off Riberia St. and follow directions. The service will continue until the supply is depleted or the weather deteriorates until it is unsafe to do so.

CLAY 

Sandbags will be made available to county residents Thursday, September the 7th at the

following locations:

1. Middleburg Fire Station- 4003 Everett Ave.

2. Fleming Island Fire Station- 5995 Pine Ave.

3. Orange Park Fire Station- 2025 Smith St.

4. Green Cove Springs Public Works Yard- 900 Gum St

5. Keystone Heights City Hall- 555 South Lawrence Blvd

FLAGLER

Flagler County will provide sand and bags at the following three locations:

· Fire Station 71, 89 E. County Road 2006, western Flagler County

· Fire Station 41, 5593 N. Oceanshore Boulevard, in the Hammock.

· Fire Station 92, at the Flagler Executive Airport, 201 Airport Road.

Those who have their own bags, can fill up to 20 bags with sand. When bags are available, residents will be limited to 10 bags.

Sand is also available through the city of Palm Coast and bags are expected to be delivered within the next couple of days at these locations:

· Palm Coast Public Works Yard, 1 Wellfield Grade, off U.S. 1 just north of Palm Coast Parkway, Palm Coast.

· Holland Park, 18 Florida Park Drive, Palm Coast

· Indian Trails Sports Complex, 5455 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast

· Seminole Woods Neighborhood Park, 350 Sesame Blvd., Palm Coast

ST. JOHNS COUNTY EVACUATION ZONES

Do you live in an evacuation zone? Go here to find out.

MAYOR CURRY ADDRESSES IRMA

City of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says to "prepare a kit, know your evacuation zone, and create a plan." More details here.

GOV. SCOTT WAIVES TOLLS IN FLORIDA

The Florida governor directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend tolls across the state in order to allow those wanting to evacuate to leave with ease. Click here to read the story.

MICROCHIP YOUR PETS 

Found.org will let any pet owner regardless of which company their pet has a microchip from, register their pet in their database. 

SHELTERS

At this time, the following shelters will open for Hurricane Irma:

  • City Rescue Mission's New Life Inn, 1234 W. State St., Jacksonville, Florida
    • 75 additional men, 15 additional women and children
    • Opens 12 p.m. on Friday until conditions are deemed safe

CANCELATIONS 

The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve which includes Fort Caroline National Memorial and Kingsley Plantation will be closed as of 5:00 p.m., Thursday, September 7, 2017, due to the approach of Hurricane Irma.  The visitor center and grounds at Fort Caroline National Memorial and Kingsley Plantation will remain closed until further notice. 

The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum and the Colonial Quarter will be closed until further notice after closing at regular business hours on Wednesday.

SCHOOL CANCELATIONS

The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind announced that it is canceling classes on Thursday and Friday.

Jacksonville University: Based on recent forecasts and communication with local authorities, the Governor’s Office, and the National Weather Service, Jacksonville University will be closed Friday, September 7, through Tuesday, September 12. 

Duval County Schools will close early on Thursday and will be closed Friday and the following Monday.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Duval County Public Schools has announced that its Friday football games have been moved to Thursday. Click here to find the games and times.

This week’s varsity football games will be moved to Thursday evening 9/7 at 6pm if you are hosting.  We will coordinate with the officials, ambulance, field lining crew, media and security.  You will need to communicate with your game day staff, transportation, administration, boosters, faculty, parents etc.

3:38 p.m. Sept. 6, 2017

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has issued a State of Emergency, which will impact Camden and Glynn Counties. Click here for more information.

3:13 p.m. Sept 6, 2017

The ACE Hardware store at 5723 University Blvd W, Jacksonville, FL 32216 has generators available for sale.

The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida's Child Development Center at 318 N. Ocean St. will be closed on Friday, September 8.

1:45 p.m. Sept 6, 2017

Putnam County has declared a State of Emergency.  More information here

Nassau County has declared a State of Emergency. 

12:30 p.m. Sept 6, 2017 

The St. Augustine Beach Police took to Facebook to say: : Attention: Most gas stations on Anastasia Island / St. Augustine Beach area are currently out of fuel. Fill up before you come back to the island.

12:15 p.m. Sept 6, 2017 

University of Florida's football game has been moved to 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 9.

12:00 p.m. Sept 6, 2017 

Naval Station Mayport Sends Ships to Sea Ahead of Hurricane Irma: As a precautionary measure, U.S. Navy ships home ported at Naval Station Mayport are getting underway in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.

9:00 a.m. Sept. 6, 2017 

Cruise giant Carnival and Disney Cruise Line late Tuesday joined Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line in cancelling upcoming sailings out of Florida as Hurricane Irma bears down on the state. More info here.

8:00 a.m. Sept. 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history, made its first landfall in the Caribbean early Wednesday as the Category 5 storm rolled toward a likely strike on the south Florida coast this weekend. Latest here.

2:41 p.m. Sept. 5, 2017

The Baker County Sheriff's Office is recommending residents prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma. More details can be found here.

2:08 p.m. Sept. 5, 2017

Clay County District Schools is actively monitoring Hurricane Irma. They will be sending alerts and more. Find out how you can get connected to them here.

12:34 p.m. Sept. 5, 2017

Ahead of Hurricane Irma, residents of Collier County are advised to evacuate the area, according to the sheriff's office. Read more here.

12:30 p.m. Sept. 5, 2017

Officials in the Florida Keys are gearing up to get tourists and residents out of the possible path of Hurricane Irma. 

Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark says in a news release that a mandatory evacuation for tourists will begin at sunrise Wednesday. An evacuation plan for residents is also under way but a timetable hasn't been determined.

Clark says government offices, parks and schools will close and there will be no shelters in Monroe County. The county's three hospitals are also beginning evacuation plans.

U.S. 1 is the only route in and out of the island chain off the southern peninsula of Florida.

Clark says residents and tourists should begin filling their tanks with fuel to prepare to drive to the mainland.

11:16 a.m. Sept. 5, 2017

The City of Atlantic Beach has begun preparations for Hurricane Irma. More information can be found here.