Updates: Northeast Florida prepares for Hermine

by: Brittney Donovan, Action News Jax Updated:

Several school districts and agencies are already preparing for severe weather as Tropical Storm Hermine makes its way toward Florida.

Tropical Depression 9 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine on Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 42 of Florida's 67 counties, including all of Northeast Florida. (READ THE EMERGENCY DECLARATION)

-St. Johns County has closed Vilano Beach to vehicle access due to increased erosion and pending weather conditions. 

-City officials said Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas will be closed on Thursday in preparation for the storm. 

-Garbage collection for Friday has been canceled in St. Johns and Duval counties.

-A Jacksonville Suns baseball game scheduled for Thursday has also been postponed.

-Jacksonville city officials said they are monitoring bridges. No closures have been reported as of yet.

-JTA said buses will run on a Sunday schedule on Friday.


SANDBAG INFORMATION

Residents in St. Johns County can get up to 25 bags per person from five locations throughout the county. 

  • Ron Parker Park - 607 Old Beach Road
  • Sims Pit - 536 S. Holmes Boulevard
  • Town of Hastings Town Hall - 6195 S. Main Street, behind the building
  • Mills Field - 1805 Racetrack Road, in overflow parking area
  • Palm Valley - Under the Palm Valley Bridge on east side of Intracoastal Waterway

-Bradford County Emergency Management is offering sandbags at the City of Starke Purchasing Yard. There is a 40 bag limit per vehicle.

-Putnam County officials are offering sandbags at 223 Putnam County Blvd. in East Palatka, 145 W. Washington Street in Interlachen and 1553 CR 308 in Crescent City.

-Each Baker County family can get up to 15 pre-filled bags and fill 10 bags at City of Macclenny Yard at 764 Hartline Drive.

-Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said the City will not offer sandbags to residents.


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STATE PARK CLOSURES

The following state park campgrounds have been closed in preparation for the storm:

  • Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park, Eastpoint (Franklin County)
  • Falling Waters State Park, Chipley (Washington County)
  • Fanning Springs State Park, Fanning Springs (Levy County)
  • Fort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach (Nassau County)
  • Grayton Beach State Park, Santa Rosa Beach (Walton County)
  • Lafayette Blue Springs State Park, Mayo (Suwannee County)
  • Little Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville (Duval Country)
  • Manatee Springs State Park, Chiefland (Dixie County)
  • Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park, Keystone Heights (Clay County)
  • Ochlockonee River State Park, Sopchoppy (Wakulla County)
  • O’leno State Park, High Springs (Columbia County)
  • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Micanopy (Alachua County)
  • St. Andrews State Park, Panama City Beach (Bay County)
  • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs (Hamilton County)
  • Suwanee River State Park, Live Oak (Suwanee County)
  • T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Port St. Joe (Gulf County)
  • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa Beach (Walton County) 
  • Torreya State Park, Bristol (Liberty County)
  • Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park, Gulf Hammock (Levy County)

The following state parks are closed until further notice:

  • Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee (Leon County)
  • Adam’s Tract River Camp, Suwannee River (GPS Location: N 30 2.10, W 83 1.14)
  • Bald Point State Park, Alligator Point (Franklin County)
  • Cedar Key Museum State Park, Cedar Key (Levy County)
  • Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve, Cedar Key (Levy County)
  • Constitution Convention Museum State Park, Port St. Joe (Gulf County)
  • Crystal River Archaeological State Park, Crystal River (Citrus County)
  • Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park, Eastpoint (Franklin County)
  • Econfina River State Park, Lamont (Taylor County)
  • Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa (Citrus County)
  • Forest Capital Museum State Park, Perry (Taylor County)
  • John Gorrie Museum State Park, Apalachicola (Franklin County)
  • Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, Tallahassee (Leon County)  
  • Lake Talquin State Park, Tallahassee (Leon County) 
  • Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park, Monticello (Jefferson County)
  • Madison Blue Spring State Park, Madison (Madison County)
  • Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park, Tallahassee (Leon County)
  • Ochlockonee River State Park, Sopchoppy (Wakulla County)
  • Orman House Historic State Park, Apalachicola (Franklin County)
  • San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park, Saint Marks (Wakulla County)
  • St. Marks River Preserve State Park, Tallahassee (Leon County)
  • Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail, Crawfordville (Wakulla County) 
  • T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Port St. Joe (Gulf County)
  • Torreya State Park, Bristol (Liberty County)
  • Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla Springs (Wakulla County)


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