Environment

St. Johns, Flagler under Red Flag Fire Warning

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Forest Service has issued a Red Flag Fire Warning from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 due to high winds, low humidity, and an elevated drought index.

Residents are advised to extinguish cigarettes in ashtrays, avoid burning trash in yards and refrain from lighting outdoor fires.

The Red Flag Alert applies to Flagler, St. Johns, and Volusia counties.

Fed. lawsuit filed about FL's most prevalent sea turtle

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Catherine Eastman has seen a lot of loggerhead sea turtles as a volunteer coordinator of the Sea Turtle Patrol in St. Johns County.

"That is primarily the sea turtle we see here," Eastman nodded.

She described the large turtles, saying, "They could a weigh a couple hundred pounds, be 3 feet long and 2 ½ - 3 feet wide. Oh yeah, they're big."

Eastman said Florida has the second largest population of loggerheads in the world. Oman is the only place with more loggerheads.

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.

Rip Currents Expected Today

Rip Currents Expected Today

 

Florida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers to stay alert as strong onshore winds along the entire Atlantic Coast will bring rough surf and a high risk of rip currents throughout the week. These conditions will also bring an elevated risk of rip currents along portions of the Panhandle through tomorrow. Those traveling to the beach should be aware that when red beach warning flags are flying, swimming in Florida’s coastal waters can be dangerous. 

St. Augustine Beach Re-Nourishment Project

 

The third cycle of the St. Augustine Beach renourishment project will begin February 6, 2012.  Renourishment of St. Augustine Beach is intended to offset the impacts caused by the St. Augustine Inlet to the adjacent beaches.  

Drought Conditions Spark Fires Across First Coast

Drought Conditions Spark Fires Across First Coast

PALATKA, FL,- The dry weather and breezy conditions have set the stage 2012 with an epidemic of wild fires. The fire in the video shown above was taken on HWY 19 South in Palatka today around 1:15 p.m. as a brush fire became a huge blaze in the woods near the road. In the beginning of the video you can see a Bald Eagle circling over the plume of smoke in a state of panic as the flames reached the tree tops. The fire rescue helicopter also can be seen circling the area above the fire.