• Updates: Northeast Florida prepares for Hermine

    By: Brittney Donovan , Action News Jax


    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.


    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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    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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