September Marks Historical Peak of Hurricane Season

September 10th marked the annual historical peak of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season and Florida Division of Emergency Management officials urge residents and visitors to stay prepared. As this year’s season has already been very active, Division officials caution residents that the 2011 season runs through November 30th and several more tropical developments are still possible. To date, the National Hurricane Center has identified twelve named tropical storms, two of which have reached hurricane status.

Tropical Depression forms in Gulf of Mexico; Warnings for U.S. Coast

MIAMI - A new tropical depression has just formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical Storm warnings are now up for the U.S. coast from Mississippi to Texas. The storm may also impact Florida.

Irene Watchers Skip Work, School for Trip to Beach

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- As Hurricane Irene moved by the First Coast hundreds of miles east of Jacksonville, the storm's wake was crashing at the beach.

"Usually I'm at work right now," said Gena Klehm. "But it was a slow day, so I took it off and here I am. I wouldn't miss it."

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Klehm and her friend Donna Klein were a couple of the hundreds that came out to watch the churning ocean today.

Some waves were as large as 15 feet as the sets broke near eye level at the end of the pier. "I've tried to get out there twice already, now I'm going for my third," said Joey Mainville. 

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Hurricane Irene: East Coast States Prepare for Impact

Hurricane Irene: Here is a state-by-state glance on how Hurricane Irene is predicted to strike states all along the Eastern Seaboard as of Friday evening: 


- Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall on Sunday somewhere between New Jersey and Cape Cod. Forecasts placed the storm's track through central parts of Connecticut.

- Hurricane warning has been issued for coastal Connecticut.

- Mandatory evacuations have not been ordered.

- Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.

- Officials warned Irene was likely to cause prolonged power outages and flooding in low-lying areas along the shoreline.

- Governor urged anyone living in areas that have flooded in the past to seek shelter elsewhere.

Storm May Toss Sea Turtles Ashore; How to Help

Storm May Toss Sea Turtles Ashore; How to Help

As waves from Hurricane Irene pound sandy Atlantic beaches along Florida’s east coast, they bring more than debris to shore. Small sea turtles carried from their offshore homes of floating seaweed can be cast up on the beach by the waves.

Green, leatherback, hawksbill and Kemp’s ridley turtles are federally endangered species, and the loggerhead turtle is a federally threatened species. As a result, people wanting to help these creatures should be aware of some requirements so they don’t find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) does not recommend going to the beach specifically to search for and rescue stranded sea turtles. However if you are on the beach and see a small sea turtle onshore that is obviously stranded and not attempting to move into the waves, please be aware of the following:

Coast Guard: 'Stay off the Water"

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hurricane Irene has forced Coast Guard Station Mayport to take some of its rescue vessels out of service for the next couple days.

"Even if the storm misses us by a couple hundred miles, because we have heavy seas, high surf and waves, we can't afford these boats actually banging up against the pier," said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Evanson. 

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They have put their fleet of 25-foot rescue boats on trailers and taken them to a storage facility in Jacksonville. 

Evanson said that's going to greatly diminish the station's ability to respond during an off-shore emergency.

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"We're asking everyone to stay off the water," he said, "If the Coast Guard's ability to get out to you is diminished, then your life is at danger."