First Alert Weather Team Tracks Potentially Significant Storm System This Weekend for Jacksonville Area – 104.5 WOKV
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The First Alert Weather Team is tracking some rain and breezy conditions Thursday ahead of what is expected to be a stormy weekend in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.
Here’s what Action News Jax First Alert Chief Meteorologist Mike Burish said we can expect:
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- A strong onshore flow is already underway from the east and will cause rough seas and waves through Friday. There will be some beach erosion with winds averaging 15-30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Surf heights will rise to 8-10+ feet over the weekend. The risk of current rupture is very high.
- Some light to moderate flooding at high tide times. All of these impacts intensify onshore over the weekend with the potential for severe to severe beach erosion, surf of 10 to 15 feet and offshore seas over 20 feet, depending on the exact location and intensity of the developing storm.
- Rain will be scattered and mostly light through the day Friday, though some heavier bands will occur at times Thursday/Friday, favoring St. Johns, Putnam, Clay and Duval counties.
- Inland weather through Friday will be milder, but still breezy with a few showers at times.
- The weekend is when we will feel and see the negative impacts from the developing storm. The exact impacts and intensity will be determined by the movement, location, and strength of the storm, which will initially be over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, moving toward the northeast.
- Saturday starts out cloudy and windy, with rain and storms spreading north through the afternoon and night. Winds will start to “move in” from the east/southeast.
- Rain will be heavy at times late Saturday through at least Sunday morning with 100% coverage and amounts ranging from 1-3″ inland wells west of Interstate 301, 2-5″ for the Interstate 95 corridor, and 3-6″+ for the coast. And coastal areas. This is on top of unusually saturated soil for this time of year. I expect freshwater floods and ocean floods. If heavy rainfall coincides with high tide, the floods will be greater.
- There is at least some risk for severe storms including high winds and isolated tornadoes/geysers, depending on the exact path of the low pressure area. He certainly appears to be a threat to Central and South Florida.
- Heavy rain and the threat of severe weather are expected to ease from west to east Sunday afternoon, leaving behind gusty winds and scattered light rain Sunday night into early Monday.
He listens: Mike Borish’s podcast “All Weather, All the Time.”
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