Environment

Wednesday's BIG Catch

Wednesday's BIG Catch

In Florida we share our waters with and interesting and intimidating reptile, the Florida Alligator.

While most people would steer clear of a swamp monster this size, a group of local trappers were proud of today's catch.

Alligator hunting is permitted in Florida, but under strict guidelines. A "Limited Entry Permit" is required, and there is a lot of red tape to cut through to get one, if you are even lucky enough to receive one.

There are also strict rules and guidelines to abide by as well. All of this information can be found at :

http://myfwc.com/media/1456328/2011-2012-Hunting-Regulations.pdf

It is not everyday you come across a catch like this, or the chance to take an up close look at such and interesting creature.

Severe Midday Storm In Palatka

Severe Midday Storm In Palatka

A little after lunch time today, around 1:00 p.m., skies  began to get dark over Putnam County.

A severe thunderstorm moved in over the area producing intense winds, rapid and extreme lightning and thunder, and very heavy downpours.

The conditions became severe in a matter of minutes. The roads filled quickly with water as the rain was coming down heavy rates. Debris blown out of trees into the streets from the heavy winds cluttered the roads as well. With visibility less than a half mile, the driving conditions were exceptionally dangerous.

The lightning was the main event of this storm, coming down rapidly in every direction with thunder following it immediately.

Lightning Sparks Brush Fire in St. Johns County

Lightning Sparks Brush Fire in St. Johns County

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Lightning sparked a brush fire near U.S. 1 Sunday afternoon, according to witnesses and fire officials.

It happened shortly before 6 p.m. on U.S. 1 near Ray Road and Nease High. The fire was near an abandoned commercial complex and also near some apartments, but no one was evacuated.

The flames shot up at least 20 feet before fire crews got them under control.

It happened about 30 feet from the northbound lanes of U.S. 1, and a single lane is still closed since fire trucks are in the area.

Preparations For IRENE

Preparations For IRENE

As we all know on the First Coast, Hurricane Season is WELL under way!

With Tropical Storm Irene intensifying extremely rapidly and making it's was towards the Caribbean with it's projected path towards Florida, it is time to start thinking about YOUR HURRICANE SAFETY PLAN.

It is never to late to make preparations, no matter how big or small. Whether you plan to Evacuate, or stay home and "Ride Out The Storm" as locals would say, simple things can be done to prepare for a storm and keep yourself and your loved ones safe and as comfortable as possible in these conditions.