With Ian mercifully behind us and a beautiful weekend ahead, we are grateful to report that the City is not aware of any storm-related injuries or any flooding of homes in our community. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our City of Atlantic Beach police, public works, public utilities and information technology professionals; Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue personnel; JEA, and other first-responders.
Here are our key messages thus far today:
Stay out of the ocean. Although the beach is open, conditions remain dangerous for swimmers and boaters, and there is floating debris in the water from the storms. Even standing in knee-deep water can be dangerous. Ocean Rescue guards risk their lives every time they have to go into the water to help, someone so don’t risk someone else’s life by entering the water during dangerous conditions. Keep out!
Please drive very cautiously. Some standing water and debris remain on the streets, and we expect ground saturation to continue to result in falling trees.
Weather update. A coastal flood warning and surf/rip cup current advisories are in effect. Today’s forecast is cloudy, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a northwest wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. The weekend forecast calls for sunny skies and improved wind conditions.
JEA outages. A small number of Atlantic Beach residents have had power outages today. Electrical outages and service issues can be reported to JEA at (904) 665-6000 or online at JEA.com. Sign up for outage alerts at www.jea.com/alerts. Here is the outage map: www.jea.com/outage_center/outage_map/
Cleaning up after the storm. Please keep these very important guidelines in mind:
Garbage collection. City of Atlantic Beach residential garbage, recycling and yard debris collection is canceled for the week; the normal schedule Monday. Thursday’s and today’s schedule collection will not be made up. Questions? Email email@example.com or call (904) 247-5804 if we don’t answer.
Sandbags. Please don’t put them with your trash (they will not be picked up) and if your space permits, please consider keeping them. The City of Atlantic Beach doesn’t always distribute sandbags in advance of emergencies.
Closures/cancellations for the remainder of the week:
Want to help Ian victims? Be cautious of imposter GoFundMe-style crowdfunding websites and charity scams. Among the ways to help is to donate via www.FloridaDisasterFund.org and volunteer via www.volunteerflorida.org).
Disaster assistance. Florida residents impacted by Hurricane Ian may be eligible for assistance. Visit www.fema.gov/disaster/hurricane-ian and www.sba.gov/disaster for information and resources available for Florida residents affected by the storm.
Filing insurance claims. The Florida Department of Financial Service has resources available to help via www.myfloridacfo.com/Division/Consumers/HurricaneIan, firstname.lastname@example.org, and (877) MY-FL-CFO.
Stay informed. The City of Atlantic Beach posts emergency-management updates at www.coab.us/ian and www.facebook.com/CityOfAtlanticbeach) before posting/publishing on other platforms, including:
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