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Tropical-Like... "Barbara" Landfall... Hurricane Prep & App's... Michigan Tornadoes... Ice Jam Flooding... Salvation Army Farewell

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Updated: 5/29/2013 11:36 pm
Our more tropical airmass has arrived characterized by the puffy white & gray cumulus clouds that occasionally drop a heavy downpour.  Highs in the low 90s inland to mid 80s at the beaches with lows only dropping into the 60s to low 70s will continue through the weekend.
The coverage of showers will slowly increase the next few days but there will still be long parts of each day that will be dry with sun & high humidity.  A few afternoon t'storms will pop inland as well.

I'm still tracking what looks to be very wet week next week as tropical moisture surges northward encompassing virtually all of the First Coast.  There will be daily showers & t'storms with some very heavy rain at times.  I am also continuing to monitor the potential for tropical development next week in or near the Gulf of Mexico.  I DO NOT, however, see any tropical development before the middle to end of next week near Fl. -- IF AT ALL.  Apparently some local weather "folk" were ballyhooing about something near Fl. this weekend.  There will be scattered showers & storms, but I don't see a big tropical system that would mar our upcoming weekend.  Radar imagery below underneath the satellite photo below courtesy the S. Fl. Water Management District.

Hurricane "Barbara" in the E. Pacific made landfall on the south coast of Mexico well south of Acapulco late Wed. afternoon.  Going back to the mid to late 1960s, "Barbara" was the farthest east landfalling Pacific hurricane & the 2nd earliest landfalling hurricane in the E. Pacific in the last 50 years.  The hurricane will quickly wind down over the mountainous terrrain of Mexico with a weak remnant low moving into the far South/Southwest Gulf of Mexico.  Regeneration is unlikely but IF it did, the storm would maintain the name "Barbara".

Hurricane Preparedness Week continues.  Today's topic is inland flooding -- click ** here **. 
I highly recommend you download our FREE First Alert Weather iPad App -- click ** here **.  Another great App is being offered for about half price Thu. from FLASH:
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And these tips from Energizer:
A preparedness kit should include:
1. Radio – Stay connected to news and weather reports
2. Headlight – A headlight can do everything a flashlight can, while also offering hands-free use, which is useful in emergency situations
3. First Aid Kit – Plus don’t forget to include medications
4. Flameless Candles – Offers the light of a traditional flamed candle but with the added benefit of safety
5. Batteries –Batteries that hold power for up to 10 years when not in use, like Energizer’s MAX batteries, offer assurance you will have power when you need it most. Also be sure to pack batteries for any medical devices, like glucose readers
6. Bottled water – An essential, as you know
7. Blankets – Nights get cold, even in the summer so blankets are good for keeping warm and protecting yourself from falling debris
8. Whistle –A whistle is a great way to signal first responders of your location
9. Car USB Charger – When the power goes out, convert the DC power in your car to a USB port, to charge cellphones and tell family and friends you are safe

Severe storms have continued to batter the middle of the U.S. from Texas to Michigan.  Several tornadoes touched in Lower Michigan late Tue.  Click ** here ** to go to the Detroit N.W.S. to see storm surveys, radar imagery & photos of the tornadoes + damage.
And there's major flooding in Alaska from ice jams. The Yukon River is backed up -- click ** here ** for info. from Earth Observatory... ** here ** for some Associated Press photos.

A mixed feeling of celebration during a fond farewell for our local Salvation Army Majors Dean & Pam Hinson Wed.  The Majors will be moving to Atlanta to train at the Salvation Army college.  New Majors for the local command will arrive in Jax in late June.  I -- & all of Action News -- wish the Hinson's the very best as they've poured their heart & soul into Jax the last several years.  Action News' commitment to the Salvation Army, Angel Tree & adopt a family remains steadfast.

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