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Posted on: October 10, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Declares State of Emergency for Jacksonville Ahead of Hurricane Michael

State of Emergency Declared in Jacksonville

In an abundance of caution for the potential of damage from the effects of Hurricane Michael, Mayor Sammy Phillips has declared a State of Emergency for the City of Jacksonville effective 6PM, Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

Some early forecasts had called for 45MPH winds in our area, but subsequent forecasts have lessened that effect. Still, there is the possibility that winds and rain could produce further damage. There was concern for trees, roofs and other items that could be further damaged from the effects of Hurricane Michael.

The City is taking the potential effects of Hurricane Michael seriously.

Residents are asked to help by clearing any storm drains that might be in front of their homes. City crews are out clearing the drains but may not get to all. Any debris on the storm drain should be removed and placed high on the curb so that it does not clog the drains and cause flooding. Do not sweep debris of any kind into the storm drains as it can block drainage.

Jacksonville Transit will continue to operate on a normal schedule as long as possible. Transit cannot operate when the winds are above 45MPH, or if resources are not available or repurposed.

City offices and operations are expected to continue on a normal schedule on Thursday.

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