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Business owners still mopping up from flood

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Business owners are still mopping up after all the heavy rain Monday in Jacksonville Beach. Dick Boger owns Dick Boger Yacht Sales and said he's gotten pretty used to drying out.

"I have a system -- wet vac, squeegee, I just live with it", he said.

So much water had fallen in his lot, much of it had no place to go Tuesday. Boger said the deluge was partly to blame, but he pointed out the bridge, which ends near his shop, plays a role too.

"My office is the drainage," he said.

Boger's gotten so used to mopping up, he has a dehumidifier and shop vac on standby. The building he's in has taken a toll. Wood is rotting away and nails are rusted. Boger said it's also hurting business.

"If you drove to my business yesterday, you could have been knee deep in water. You couldn't even get out of your car", he said.

Despite the soggy setback, Boger said he's keeping a positive attitude.

Tornado touches down in Fernandina Beach

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- Fernandina Beach got smacked around by Tropical Storm Andrea on Thursday.

A tornado reportedly touched down there, pulling the roof off a home and downing power lines and trees.

A pile of splintered wood was actually part of the roof from a home two doors down.

It was ripped off and then pushed into this home after whipping through the area.

Broken glass and splintered wood are scattered across South Fletcher Road after a tornado ripped through the area.

"Then all of a sudden it picked up real strong started going sideways
got in the basement and a minute later we heard a loud bang," said vacationer Mike Ivie.

Thirty to 40 mile an hour winds pulled the roof off a neighbor's house
and smashed into the home Ivie is renting for the week along Fernandina Beach.

He and his seven-person family took cover in a tiny laundry room.

Andrea snarls traffic, causes damage

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- From winds battering Jacksonville beach to heavy rain in Orange Park Tropical Storm Andrea's causing some concern.

"I'm very scared. Everybody laughs about it in Jacksonville because they always act like they're going to come towards us and they don't. And it's actually coming towards us," said Theresa Berg of Orange Park.

Berg and her step-son were filling free bags full of sand at Orange Park Fire Station.

"Because we're scared that our house is going to flood," she said.

They're filling and hauling 10 bags to be on the safe side at home

"We've got a lot of supplies. Water, canned goods, stuff like that," she said.

Andrea's also causing a mess. San Jose Boulevard was flooded near the 295 beltway, yet several people drove right through. Even a woman named Andrea.

Reporter: "I've got to ask ... how does it feel to have a storm bearing your same name?"

Surfers expecting high waves Tuesday from storm

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- The city of Jacksonville Beach is prepared for a rough day at the beach Tuesday.

Lifeguards were putting up yellow flags indicating the potential for high surf.

A swell from Tropical Storm Leslie is expected Tuesday and lifeguards are warning beach-goers to be careful if you head in the water.

There aren't as many lifeguards working after Labor Day.

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance needs.  Homeowners should meet with their insurance agent to review and adjust their polices as appropriate for adequate coverage. Families should keep in mind the 3 Ps during hurricane season:  plan, prepare and protect. 

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June 12, 2012 – The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance policies for adequate coverage for their home and property.  Homeowners are encouraged to consult with their agent and develop a complete understanding of the insurance coverage they have purchased.  In addition to reviewing insurance policies, there are three things families should keep in mind during hurricane season - plan, prepare and protect:

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Storm system brings potential for dangerous weather to Florida over the Holiday weekend

 

FLORIDA -- The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) reminds Florida’s residents and visitors to remain aware of current weather situations this holiday weekend, as a storm system may bring heavy rainfall across much of the Sunshine State. Potential flooding conditions will affect Southeast Florida through this evening. This threat could shift northward to portions of the Northern Peninsula later this weekend as the system nears this area of the state. This same system could bring strong onshore winds, which may lead to rough surf, large breaking waves and a high risk of rip currents along the Atlantic Coast through next week.