Wet and Windy Weather Continues Around Town
Wet weather and winds continued today, soaking all of North Florida and causing isolated flooding in some parts of town.
The photos above and on the right were taken earlier today by J.E. Miller and submitted to the Jacksonville Observer. This accident was located at 420 Broad St in downtown Jacksonville, where it appears that a DeLoach Furniture truck impacted the side of their building and did some significant damage to both the truck and the street.
It's not known if this particular accident was weather related, but the high winds and torrential downpours are leading to some dangerous road conditions all over town.
A major accident on I-95 at JTB had traffic down to one lane and lead to heavy backups around lunchtime on Wednesday. A large truck apparently crossed the median and came to rest just off the road on I-95 northbound, right near the JTB interchange. No word yet on how many injuries.
At the moment Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties are under flood warnings or watches. In addition, Channel 4 is reporting that some parts of the Jacksonville Beach pier have been damaged. Several sections of the pier's wooden decking were dislodged.
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, which is scheduled to kick-off tomorrow, may get a wet start. On their website, organizers are promising "FREE ADMISSION, RAIN OR SHINE!"
Astronauts have begun conserving power on the space shuttle Atlantis because bad weather in central Florida may keep them in orbit longer than planned. Storms could delay a scheduled Friday landing at Kennedy Space Center. However, NASA can try again in Florida on Saturday and if that doesn't work, they have several options for a Sunday landing.
Winds gusting to 40mph and higher have been reported. And now with warmer air moving back into our region, meteorologists are suggesting that the possibility for tornadoes or water spouts does exist. It's important that everyone stay safe and continue to monitor this storm for the next day or two.