Environment

Storm system brings potential for dangerous weather to Florida over the Holiday weekend

 

FLORIDA -- The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) reminds Florida’s residents and visitors to remain aware of current weather situations this holiday weekend, as a storm system may bring heavy rainfall across much of the Sunshine State. Potential flooding conditions will affect Southeast Florida through this evening. This threat could shift northward to portions of the Northern Peninsula later this weekend as the system nears this area of the state. This same system could bring strong onshore winds, which may lead to rough surf, large breaking waves and a high risk of rip currents along the Atlantic Coast through next week.

St. Johns River Blue Crab Trap Closure Starts Jan. 16

St. Johns River Blue Crab Trap Closure Starts Jan. 16

 

Recreational and commercial blue crab harvesters in the St. Johns River system must remove their blue crab traps from the water before Jan. 16, the first day of a 10-day trap closure. This closure will give groups authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to gather traps the opportunity to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from the water.

185 Acre Fire Near Greenbriar Road

185 Acre Fire Near Greenbriar Road

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A woods fire is burning in the northwest part of St. Johns County, starting midday on Saturday.

It's located south of Greenbriar Road near Bartram Trail High School.  Deputies are blocking traffic on Greenbriar Road between State Road 13 and Roberts Road.

The Division of Forestry is working the fire with assistance from the St. Johns County Fire Department.

According to Sgt. Chuck Mulligan with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the fire has burned about 185 acres and it is 70 percent contained as of 11:00 p.m. Saturday.  There are neighborhoods close-by, but so far only woods have burned. 

Mulligan said this is the same fire which started in the area Friday by a lightning strike. Saturday's fire is a rekindle.  Mulligan said homes are not in danger of the fire.

Mosquitoes: More this Year than Last Year?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Peggy Munsey and her dog Gunner head out for their morning run each day, and every time, there's a pesky disruption.

"Yeah, they're very bad in this area," said Munsey.

The mosquitoes around her Clifton Road neighborhood in Jacksonville are unbearable and her neighbors agree it's the worst they've seen.

Jacksonville's Mosquito Control is tracking increasing calls for service on maps. In May, there were about 300 calls for service.  In June, that number doubled, and already in July, calls for service have exceeded 600.

"It's very irritating.  I was just talking to a neighbor yesterday and said, can you call the mosquito people because I've already called them twice," said Munsey.

Richard Smith, mosquito control superintendent, said he thinks the number of service requests will top 5,000. "That's a lot of service requests," he said.