St. Johns County Emergency Management Communications

Hurricane Isaias Updates & Advisories


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August 3, 2020

COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing at Flagler Hospital Resumes Tuesday, August 4

The COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing Site located at Flagler Hospital will resume operations at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4. A partnership with St. Johns County, the testing site is located in Parking Lot B and is available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, or until the maximum number of daily tests are collected. Testing is available for all ages, and patients do not need to exhibit symptoms, possess a doctor's note, or make an appointment. A parent or guardian must be present for children under 18 to be tested. While insurance cards are not needed, a photo ID is required. For more information, please call 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Beaches Open to Swimming and On-beach Driving Tuesday, August 4

All Tropical Storm Isaias-related prohibitions on swimming at St. Johns County beaches, including the Fort Matanzas National Monument beaches, will be lifted at dawn on Tuesday, August 4. Beach visitors are asked to exercise caution when swimming. In addition, on-beach driving is anticipated to be reinstated at 8 a.m. on Tuesday; however, gate openings may be delayed due to tidal flooding. For the most up-to-date information on beach access and driving conditions, please download the Reach the Beach Mobile App or visit the SJCBeaches Facebook and Twitter. For additional information, please visit www.sjcfl.us/beaches or call 904.209.0331.

August 2, 2020

Tropical Storm Isaias Increases in Intensity, Shifts East Away from St. Johns County

Tropical Storm Isaias has increased slightly in intensity, but has shifted east and has reduced St. Johns County's vulnerability to tropical storm force winds. In addition, the National Weather Service has indicated a reduced threat of flooding and storm surge in our area. St. Johns County is now projected to experience one to two feet of storm surge and one to four inches of rain on Monday.

The Emergency Operations Center will remain open overnight on Sunday and throughout Monday for emergency response as necessary. In addition, the Emergency Operations Center Hotline, 904.824.5550, will remain available to the public through midnight on Sunday and will resume operations at 6 a.m. on Monday. St. Johns County's Public Works, Utility, and other departments are monitoring the storm and are prepared to initiate recovery efforts, as necessary, once the storm passes.

Residents may find local Tropical Storm Isaias information on the County's website at www.sjcfl.us/HurricaneIsaias. Weather updates related to Tropical Storm Isaias may be found at www.weather.gov/jax or www.nhc.noaa.gov. For additional information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Trash and Recycling Collections not Impacted by Tropical Storm Isaias

St. Johns County garbage, yard debris, and recycling collections will not be impacted by Tropical Storm Isaias and will proceed as scheduled during the week of August 3.  Residents are asked to please continue following regular schedules on standard collection days. For more information regarding St. Johns County garbage, yard debris, and recycling collections, please call 904.827.6980.

Tropical Storm Isaias Approaching St. Johns County with Potential Storm Surge, High Winds, and Coastal Flooding Impacts

St. Johns County Administration and Emergency Management participated in briefings with the National Hurricane Center and the Florida Department of Emergency Management on Sunday that indicated Tropical Storm Isaias became more disorganized overnight and therefore, the threat level to St. Johns County has been downgraded. The County remains under a Tropical Storm Warning for coastal St. Johns and a Coastal Flood Advisory with the potential for storm surge, high winds, and coastal flooding being the current primary concerns.

All garbage, yard debris, and recycling collections will remain on schedule and all County operations will be open for standard business hours. The Emergency Operations Center will remain open overnight on Sunday and throughout Monday for emergency response as necessary. In addition, the Emergency Operations Center Hotline, 904.824.5550, will remain available to the public through midnight on Sunday and will resume operations at 6 a.m. on Monday. All judicial court functions, with the exception of first appearances, have been cancelled for Monday.

Residents may find local Tropical Storm Isaias information on the County's website at www.sjcfl.us/HurricaneIsaias. Weather updates related to Tropical Storm Isaias may be found at www.weather.gov/jax or www.nhc.noaa.gov. For additional information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Hotline at 904.824.5550.


August 1, 2020

Isaias Downgraded to Tropical Storm, Expected to Strengthen to Hurricane Status Again on Sunday

The National Weather Service downgraded Isaias to a tropical storm on Saturday, August 1; however, the storm is projected to gain strength overnight and be categorized as a hurricane again on Sunday. St. Johns County Administration and Emergency Management staff continue to monitor Tropical Storm Isaias' track and remain in contact with the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center. St. Johns County residents and businesses are advised to remain vigilant and proactive in preparing homes and structures for potential tropical storm impacts.

St. Johns County declared a Local State of Emergency on Saturday and the Emergency Operations Center remained operational throughout the day. Sand bag operations will cease at 12 p.m. on Sunday. In addition, swimming at all St. Johns County beaches, including the Fort Matanzas National Monument beaches, will be prohibited beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday.

St. Johns County will release updates as new information is made available. Residents may find local Hurricane Isaias information on the County's website at www.sjcfl.us/HurricaneIsaias. Weather updates related to Hurricane Isaias may be found at www.weather.gov/jax or www.nhc.noaa.gov. For additional information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Hotline at 904.824.5550.

 

St. Johns County Sand Bag Operations to Close at 12 p.m. Sunday

In preparation for Tropical Storm Isaias, all St. Johns County sand bag operations will close at 12 p.m. on Sunday, August 2. A maximum allocation of 20 bags per person will remain available at the following locations while operations continue:

  • Windswept Acres Park - 5335 SR A1A South.
  • Sims Pit - 536 S. Holmes Boulevard.
  • Hastings Community Center - 6195 S. Main Street, behind the building.
  • Mills Field - 1805 Race Track Road, in the overflow parking area.
  • Palm Valley - Under the Palm Valley Bridge, east the Intracoastal Waterway.
  • North Beach Park - 3721 Coastal Highway (at the walkover).

Sand bags may also be purchased from local hardware and home improvement stores. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Beaches Closed to Swimming Beginning Sunday, August 2

In preparation for Hurricane Isaias, swimming at all St. Johns County beaches, including Fort Matanzas National Monument beaches, is prohibited beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, August 2. The storm is anticipated to produce potentially dangerous rip currents and extremely high tides. Swimming will remain prohibited until further notice, as indicated by double red flags posted along the beaches. As Hurricane Isaias is projected to begin impacting St. Johns County Sunday morning, residents and visitors are encouraged to avoid the beaches until conditions improve. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Preparing for Possible Tropical Storm Impacts

St. Johns County Administration and Emergency Management remain in contact with the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center while continuing to monitor the progress and potential track of Hurricane Isaias. An 8 a.m. conference call on Saturday, August 1, with the National Weather Service indicated that the storm has slowed and is taking a slightly more western track. St. Johns County is currently under a Tropical Storm Warning and a Storm Surge Watch. The community is advised to prepare for potential tropical storm impacts as early as 8 a.m., Sunday, August 2.

While the projected impacts do not currently warrant an evacuation or the opening of shelters, the community is projected to experience high winds and high water in low-lying locations and areas that are particularly vulnerable and prone to flooding. In addition, the potential for tornadoes also exists with the arrival of Hurricane Isaias. It is recommended that St. Johns County residents and businesses take all necessary precautions and expedite the preparation of homes and structures, as necessary.

St. Johns County will release updates as new information is made available. Residents may find local Hurricane Isaias information on the County's website at www.sjcfl.us/HurricaneIsaias. Weather updates related to Hurricane Isaias may be found at www.weather.gov/jax or www.nhc.noaa.gov. For additional information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Declares Local State of Emergency in Preparation for Hurricane Isaias

In preparation for Hurricane Isaias, the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners declared a Local State of Emergency on August 1, 2020. The declaration allows the County to access resources and assistance to prepare for an emergency weather event. St. Johns County Administration and Emergency Management staff are carefully monitoring Hurricane Isaias and are working with a variety of local and State agencies to prepare for its impacts. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Hotline at 904.824.5550. Emergency Proclamation 2020-26

St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Emergency Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a special emergency meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of St. Johns County, Florida, will be held at 9:30 a.m. on August 1, 2020, in the Executive Conference Room at St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center, 100 EOC Drive, St. Augustine, Florida. The purpose of the emergency meeting will be to consider an emergency proclamation declaring a local state of emergency regarding the anticipated effects of Hurricane Isaias in St. Johns County. Full St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Emergency Meeting Notice


July 31, 2020

St. Johns County Continues to Monitor Potential Impacts of Hurricane Isaias

St. Johns County continues to monitor the progress and potential track of Hurricane Isaias, and is preparing for its potential impact on our community. St. Johns County is currently under a tropical storm watch and a storm surge watch. In addition, a State of Emergency was declared for the east coast of Florida, including St. Johns County.

In response, the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center is operating at a partial activation and the Emergency Operations Center Hotline, 904.824.5550, will remain operational from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, August 1, and Sunday, August 2. The projected path of the storm is subject to change, and the County is urging residents to continue monitoring Isaias' path and making necessary preparations.

St. Johns County will release updates as new information is made available. Residents may find local Hurricane Isaias information on the County's website at www.sjcfl.us/HurricaneIsaias. Weather updates related to Hurricane Isaias may be found at www.weather.gov/jax or www.nhc.noaa.gov. For additional information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Hotline

In response to Hurricane Isaias, the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center has opened a hotline for residents to call regarding County services, storm response, and events. Please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Hotline at 904.824.5550 for non-emergency storm-related information. The hotline will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, August 1, and Sunday, August 2. If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing at Flagler Hospital Closed Monday, August 3

The COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing Site located at Flagler Hospital will be closed Monday, August 3, due to potential impacts from Hurricane Isaias. Flagler Hospital anticipates re-opening the site on Tuesday, August 4, weather permitting. If Hurricane Isaias stays on its current projected path, testing will remain available on Monday at the Flagler Hospital outpatient laboratories, with a doctor's order. CareFast+ urgent care locations will also remain open. For more information, please call 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Providing Free Sandbags to Residents in Preparation for Hurricane Isaias

St. Johns County is providing free sandbags at six locations throughout the County in preparation for Hurricane Isaias beginning Saturday, August 1. The sand and the bags will be provided free of charge to residents. Residents must provide their own transportation and shovels, and will be responsible for filling their own bags. There is a maximum allocation of 20 bags per person. Free Sandbags for Residents – Locations and Hours

St. Johns County Beach Driving Restricted Beginning 5 p.m. Saturday, August 1

Due to potential extreme high tides and unpredictable ocean conditions related to Hurricane Isaias, beach driving on all St. Johns County beaches will be restricted beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 1. Pedestrian access to the beach will remain available at off-beach parks and beach walkovers. Dangerous surf conditions and rip current activity are expected. Beach visitors are encouraged to avoid ocean swimming until conditions improve. Beach driving access will be reinstated when conditions allow. For more information regarding Hurricane Isaias, please call 904.824.5550.


July 30, 2020

St. Johns County Encourages Hurricane Preparedness While Monitoring Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine

St. Johns County Emergency Management is actively monitoring Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine for local impacts that could occur as early as Sunday, August 2. Emergency Management is encouraging residents to evaluate preparedness plans, know evacuation routes and zones, assemble or review supply kits, and prepare homes for potential tropical storm or hurricane weather events. Evacuation information is available at sjcemergencymanagement.com/evacinfo.html, and a supply kit checklist can be found at sjcemergencymanagement.com/hurrcklist.html. Residents can also find weather updates at www.weather.gov/jax. For more information, please call the Emergency Operations Center at 904.824.5550.